The Jazz hosted another draft workout on Thursday, featuring a few players who could be considered as options at 21.
Anfernee Simons is one of the draft’s real mysteries, having played 5 years of high school basketball, before entering the draft. Simons played at the IMG Academy, which works with a slew of professional players in the offseason, and features far better than average coaching for high school players, but is still a step below high level college basketball. Simons was due to play at Louisville, but those plans fell apart among the FBI investigation into Adidas schools. Simons is several years away from contributing to an NBA team, and will have to prove he has the work ethic to make it.
Élie Okobo also worked out for the Jazz, and has seen his draft stock soar as of late. Okobo had a huge 44 point outburst in international play in late May, and appears to be climbing into the conversation as an intriguing prospect at the end of the first round. Okobo has legit NBA size for a point guard, and appears to have a body that will continue to fill out. Okobo worked out with the Jazz last year, before withdrawing his name from the draft.
Arizona guard Rawle Alkins showed his defensive toughness during the Jazz workout. He’s slimmed down considerably after Arizona’s season ended, and The Jazz VP of Player Personnel said he thinks Alkins can be an NBA caliber defensive player.
You can hear Alkins interview with ESPN 700’s own Bill Riley here!
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