The Jazz free agent mini camp was held from Tuesday to Thursday.
The Jazz worked out 24 players — mostly from the D-League and international leagues.
The Jazz have more than half of their roster to fill the offseason and are projected to have the second most cap space in the league going into free agency.
Some of the participants have NBA experience, while most went undrafted out of college and have been sharpening their skills in the hopes of making an NBA roster. The Jazz could find a diamond in the rough, as many of these players have shown promise overseas and in the developmental leagues.
Here is a look at each of the 24 participants who attended the camp.
Recent team: Buducnost Podgorica
College: Mississippi State ’12
The 23-year-old Bost graduated from Mississippi State in 2012. He averaged 13.4 points, 5.2 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game while with the Bulldogs. He signed a two-year contract in August 2012 to play with Buducnost Podgorica in Montenegro.
In college, Bost was not a shooter. He struggled from every range on the court and his shot selection was notoriously bad. That aside, Bost's strength was his passing game.
When he wrapped up his career at Mississippi State he averaged 7 assists per 40 minutes played, which ranked in the top 10 in the NCAA. Bost was also quick and his great ball handling enabled him to easily create opportunities off a pick.
Recent team: Bluesens Monbus
College: Ohio State ’12
Buford played four years at Ohio State averaging 14.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game his senior season. After going undrafted in 2012 he played two games during the NBA Summer League with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He currently plays for Blusens Monbús in Spain.
In his senior season at Ohio State Buford developed his game as a facilitator by improving his passing game. As a NBA draft prospect in 2012, the change in his game showed he was capable of becoming a NBA role player. He was also an efficient shooter in college. Unfortunately, Buford lacked size and so if he makes the Jazz squad he will mostly develop into a spot-up shooter.
Recent team: Panelefsinlakos
College: Florida State ’12
As a senior at Florida State, Gibson averaged 6.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. He currently plays for Panelefsinlakos in Greece.
In 2012 NBA scouts were interested in Gibson because he had a strong frame, good size and reasonably good athleticism. Even as a big man, he had the ability to step back and make long-range shots. He was also an effective post player with a smooth turnaround jump shot.
He also has showed promise as an offensive rebounder and a threat defensively in the paint.
Recent team: Dinamo Sassari
College: New Mexico ’12
After transferring to New Mexico from UCLA his junior year, Gordon was named Mountain West Conference Newcomer of the Year. His senior season, he averaged 13.4 points. 10.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. He spent one year in Serbia before signing with Dinamo Sassari in Italy.
The power forward has an the frame and athleticism to be effective in the NBA. He showed potential in college to become an animal on the glass. He was a rebounding machine averaging 14.4 rebounds per 40 minutes played in his last year at New Mexico. He was at his best when he could catch the ball and immediately drive to the rim for the finish.
Recent team: Austin Toros
College: Alabama ’12
Green played for the USA National U18 Team during the 2008 FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship in Argentina. His junior year at Alabama he averaged 14 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. He signed with the San Antonio Spurs but was waived before appearing in a game. He currently plays for the Austin Toros of the NBA Developmental League.
In his career at Alabama, Green established himself as an effective post player by utilizing his length. He was quick off his feet which helped create opportunities to finish on the offensive glass, or at the very least bring down an offensive rebound. He struggled creating opportunities off the dribble, but showed promise as an assist man.
Recent team: Novipiu Casale
College: LaSalle '10
In his lone seasons at LaSalle, Green averaged 18.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. He has had stints with teams in Israel and Ukraine and currently plays for Novipiu Casale in Italy.
Although Green played point guard for LaSalle, NBA scouts projected him to become more of a shooting guard as he progressed. He had a good shot, but did not excel at creating offensive opportunities for his team. He was, however, successful at attacking off the dribble with outstanding footwork and finishing at the rim.
Green's defensive zone play and ability to read the passing lanes was impeccable, but he struggled as a one-on-one defender.
Recent team: Canton Charge
College: California '12
In his junior season with Cal, Gutierrez, a Mexican national, averaged 13 points and 5 rebounds per game. He went undrafted in 2012 and played with the Denver Nuggets during the NBA Summer League. He currently plays for the Canton Charge of the NBA Developmental League.
Gutierrez made his college career at California by performing as a solid, all-around player. In his senior year he averaged 18.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists per 40 minutes of play. He played as a combo guard for California and, although he was not a true point guard, he improved his passing during college. Plus, his quick feet, in addition to a solid build, made him extremely effective at the defensive end.
Recent team: Artland Dragons
College: Texas Arlington '10
During his sophomore year at the University of Texas Arlington, Haynes averaged 22.6 points per game, shooting 40.9 percent from beyond the arc. He spent time in France and Spain before signing with the Artland Dragons of Germany.
Haynes prided himself on his defensive abilities in college. He never claimed to be a scorer, but that didn't stop him from becoming one when he transfered to Texas Arlington.
People recognized his good shot selection as a senior when he shot 49.5% from the field and 44.1% from the 3-point line. His shooting plus, defensive energy made him a well-rounded threat.
Recent team: Los Angeles Defenders
College: Marquette '10
After being drafted in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft, Hayward appeared in 46 games for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Oklahoma City Thunder. He has averaged 2.9 points and 1.3 rebounds playing 8.2 minutes per game during his career.
Hayward was a shooting guard for Marquette and he was known for his aggressive play. His athleticism needed to improve before he could be taken seriously in the NBA. He comprised most of his offense with jump shots, and his ability to drive to the basket suffered in his college days.
Recent team: New Zealand Breakers
College: Cleveland State '09
Known for his amazing 60-foot buzzer beater against Syracuse in 2008, Jackson went undrafted in 2009. He played a total of 12 NBA games with the Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Wizards. Since 2011 he has played with the New Zealand Breakers of the NBL.
In 2013 he was named NBL MVP and was the Finals MVP. He also recorded the first triple double in team history and the second triple double since the league reduced its quarters to 10 minutes.
At the point, Jackson has shown good vision, and the ability to operate off the dribble, especially in pick-and-roll situations. His creativeness with the ball helps him get to the rim although he sometimes has trouble finishing at the basket.
He has also struggled at the free throw line, not usually shooting more than 70 percent despite getting their a fair amount.
Recent team: ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne
College: Cleveland State '09
A French national, Jackson spent his youth playing for the ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne youth team before being called up to the senior team in 2007. He was named to the French League All-Star team in 2010 and also appeared in the 2010 FIBA World Championship for France.
Jackson has consistently put up big numbers during camp, but has yet to have a break through regular season. He is has been a very streaky shooter which may explain his drop off in production after camp. Although he is slightly undersized, once he develops consistency with his shot selection, he should have no problem making an NBA team.
Recent team: Austin Toros
College: Syracuse '12
Jackson went undrafted in the 2011 NBA Draft and was unable to sign with any team due to the 2011 NBA lockout. He then signed with Chorale Roanne Basket in France for one season. He spent most of the 2012-13 season with the Austin Toros, recording an average of 10.8 points and 9.9 rebounds per game.
Jacksons measurables, including a 7'1" wingspan, helped him to have a very productive college career, especially on the boards. He has a solid well-rounded game although he does not stand out in any particular area, which may be a problem since he is not exceptionally athletic. His basketball intelligence and work ethic makes him a good candidate for development, and with time he could turn into a decent NBA player.
Recent team: Rio Grande Valley Vipers
College: St. John's '11
Kennedy went undrafted in 2011 and appeared in two games with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2012 after which he was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, who waived him. He spent the 2012-13 season with the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Developmental League and was traded to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers at the end of the season.
Kennedy is a solid but average athlete on offense, having regressed slightly his last season at St. John's. Defensively Kennedy has shown great skill in multiple areas. His skill set could see him primarily as a role play in the NBA, although if he develops his ability to handle pressure while shooting, he could play a bigger role on a team looking for a floor general.
Recent team: Santa Cruz Warriors
College: Georgia '11
Leslie was drafted in the second round of the 2011 draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. He was waived by the Clippers in October 2012 and signed with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Developmental League. In March 2013, he signed a 10-day contract with the Utah Jazz but did not appear in any games and was not re-signed when his contract expired.
Leslie has been on the verge of cracking an NBA roster and has developed considerably since leaving college. Despite being slightly undersized, his is quick and pesky on defense. He has been a solid rebounder, and if he continues to focus on developing versatility on offense he should have no problem making an NBA roster for the entire season.
Recent team: Asseco Prokom
Mahalbasic, a Slovenian national, has played for various teams in Slovenia, Turkey, Croatia and Bosnia. He holds dual citizenship with Austria and has played for the Austrian National Team.
A solid scorer and rebounder, Mahalbasic shot 58.2 percent from down low in the Euro league last year. He is slightly undersized measuring in a 6'9.5" without shoes which may cause problems while defending NBA big men.
Recent team: Rio Grande Valley Vipers
College: Wichita State '12
During his senior season at Wichita State, Murry averaged 12.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. He led the Shockers to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He spent the 2012-13 season with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Developmental League.
Murry has shown skill as a scorer and distributor and was named to his conference all defensive team twice while at Wichita State. He struggles with ball control at times, averaging 3.6 turnovers per game in the Developmental League playoffs. He put up solid numbers last season as his team won the Developmental League Championship.
Recent team: Peja-Kosovo
College: West Carolina '12
The nephew of eight-time NBA All-Star Dikembe Mutombo, he played four years at West Carolina, averaging 13.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game his senior season. After a stint in the NBA Developmental League, he currently plays for Peja in Kosovo.
Mutombo lived with his uncle during the latter's NBA career, giving him rare insight into the life of a professional ball player. He put up decent numbers in college, but after going undrafted despite working out for five NBA teams, there is some question as to whether his skills will translate into an NBA setting.
Recent team: Canton Charge
College: Syracuse '10
After going undrafted in 2011, Onuaku spent parts of the 2011 season with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Developmental League and Neptunas in Lithuania. He currently plays for the Canton Charge of the Developmental League.
At 6'9", Onuaku is undersized for a power forward or center, which poses problems since his skill set is best suited for those positions. His athletic ability is average, which amplifies his height concerns.
He is extremely efficient on offense. However, most of his scoring comes from either post ups or offensive rebounds. He also has trouble shooting foul shots, even for a big man.
Recent team: Idaho Stampede
College: Stanford '12
During his final two seasons at Stanford, Owens averaged 11.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. He had a career 57.2 field goal percentage while with the Cardinal. He went undrafted in 2012 and currently plays for the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Developmental League.
At 6-8, Owens is slightly undersized for a power forward, although he has shown great athleticism and explosiveness. At the Nets combine in 2012, he ranked first in the no step vert and max vert jumps as well as the bench press. His physical abilities and fitness could be enough to overcome doubts about his size.
Recent team: Austin Toros
College: Bradley '10
Roberts has played for the Idaho Stampede, Texas Legends and Austin Toros of the NBA Developmental League since 2010. He has averaged 12.5 points and 4.3 rebounds in his professional career.
Robert has shown his ability to score, averaging 17.9 points per game with 44.7 percent shooting while with the Toros last season. He can be explosive on offense, however his defense needs some work.
Recent team: Petron Blaze Boosters
College: Georgetown '12
During the 2012 NBA Summer League, Sims played with the Utah Jazz and Chicago Bulls. He eventually signed with the New York Knicks but was waived after the preseason. In 2013 he signed a 10-day contract with the New Orleans Hornets but was released after his contact expired. He currently plays for the Petron Blaze Boosters of the Philippines.
Sims' most impressive feature is his 7-4 wingspan, allowing him to block shots and play the ball off the rim aggressively. He struggles to consistently rebound the ball at a high level, although he has shown improvement in that area. He possesses the skills of a power forward but also has the body size to play center.
Recent team: Maine Red Claws
College: Central Florida '09
Drafted in the second round of the 2009 NBA draft by the Washington Wizards, Taylor was traded to the Houston Rockets where he played part of the season before being assigned to the Rio Grande Vipers of the NBA Developmental League.
He had brief stints in Sacramento and Minnesota before signing with San Sebastián Gipuzkoa of Spain in 2012. In January 2013 he signed with Hapoel Tel Aviv of Israel but later signed with Shanxi Zhongyu of China. He currently plays for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Developmental League. During his brief NBA career he averaged 5.4 points and 1.7 rebounds per game, playing an average of 12.1 minutes.
Having spent time with multiple NBA teams, Taylor has shown that he has the ability to play at the NBA level, although it remains to be seen if he has developed the abilities to remain on an NBA roster for the entire season. His inconsistent defense has been an issue since he was drafted. Taylor has had time to develop however and may be on the verge of cracking a NBA roster.
Recent team: Maine Red Claws
College: Dayton '11
After being drafted in 2011, he signed with the Golden State Warriors following the 2011 NBA lockout. In his only start of the season, Wright scored 25 points on 11 of 14 shooting from the field, recording 8 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal and only 1 turnover in 46 minutes played. He currently plays for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Developmental League.
Wright is another player on the verge of making the NBA full-time. He has shown the ability to compete, spending time with Golden State and Toronto, and has shown impressive potential on defense. It remains to be seen if he will continue to develop and make the final push onto an NBA roster.
Recent team: Phoenix Suns
College: Notre Dame '09
The brother of Cleveland Cavaliers player Tyler Zeller and Indiana Hoosiers player Cody Zeller, he went undrafted in 2009. He had stints in Japan and Lithuania. After spending two seasons in the NBA Developmental League, Zeller signed with the Phoenix Suns in 2012. He played 16 games with the Suns, averaging 1.2 points and 3.6 minutes per game.
Zeller certainly has the pedigree to be a good player and has continued to progress since college. He could develop into a solid bench player if given the chance. His was released from the Suns in order to make room for Marcus Morris who was acquired from the Houston Rockets.