"Obviously, he’s a great kid," Craft said of Jazz point guard Trey Burke, who played collegiately at the Buckeyes' rival, Michigan. "He’s a great player. Utah’s very, very lucky to have him. I would love to join him."
Wiggins and A.K. showed up for this workout. No, not Andrew Wiggins, one of this draft's top prospects; it was his brother Nick Wiggins, a guard from Wichita State. And no, it wasn't former Jazzman Andrei Kirilenko; this A.K. was Russian center Artem Kleminko. Also at the workout were guards Jordan Clarkson (Missouri), Deonte Burton (Nevada) and Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati), and center Alex Kirk (New Mexico).
“Growing up, he didn’t really know who Kirilenko was,” Klimenko's interpreter told the News' Brad Rock. “It was probably about five years ago that he really became known to him.”
On the same day news broke that Quin Snyder would be the team's new head coach, it was a double dose of workouts on this day with two six-player groups. There was a local flavor, with Utah State center Jarred Shaw and Weber State guard Davion Berry in attendance. Shawn Glover (Oral Roberts), who once played for the Utes, also participated.
Also a part of the workouts were guards Keith Appling (Michigan State); Jahii Carson (Arizona State); Drew Crawford (Northwestern); Jerry Evans Jr. (Nevada); and Trevor Releford (Alabama), as well as forwards Talib Zanna (Pittsburgh); Thanasis Antetokounmpo (D-League's Delaware 87ers); James Michael McAdoo (North Carolina); and Dwight Powell (Stanford).
Several big-name prospects hit the practice court for the Jazz in this group. They included Utah's first look at a potential top-five draft pick, Arizona power forward Aaron Gordon, during the workout process.
“I’m a basketball player. I can defend wherever they want me to play, so that’s the main thing. I feel I can fit in a lot of different systems and excel," Gordon said. "If I come here I’m going to find my niche and I’m going to thrive.’’
Also hitting the court were forwards Adreian Payne (Michigan State), Jerami Grant (Syracuse), Jarnell Stokes (Tennessee), Khem Birch (UNLV) and Cory Jefferson (Baylor). One the three guards participating was David Stockton of Gonzaga, John Stockton's son, as well as Roy Devyn Marble (Iowa) and Patrick Miller (Tennessee State).
One of the storylines from this workout — filled with players who could be selected from the middle to the end of the first round — was P.J. Hairston being unable to participate after experiencing back spasms. Hairston played collegiately at North Carolina and in the D-League last season.
Working out this day for the Jazz was C.J. Wilcox, the Pleasant Grove High graduate who developed a reputation for his sharpshooting abilities at Washington.
“It’s kind of cool to come back and be able to work with them, (the Jazz) growing up from here,” Wilcox told the News' Jody Genessy. “You kind of imagine yourself being in this position.”
Also at the workout were forwards Cleanthony Early (Wichita State) and Glenn Robinson III (Michigan), as well as guards Xavier Thames (San Diego State) and Kendrick Perry (Youngstown State).
A pair of players who could be on the draft board when the Jazz pick 35th in the second round joined this group full of shooters: UCLA guard Jordan Adams and Florida forward-center Patric Young.
“He’s a really good shooter. He kind of knows how to play the game strong, going to the basket,” Perrin said of Adams. “He can space the floor for you because he can shoot it.”
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