The Utah Jazz held a significant pre-draft workout today, with two potential first round draft picks in the building. Ohio State’s Keita Bates-Diop and USC’s Chimezie Metu are both expected to be drafted between in the 20-40 range in June’s draft, and could both fill needs for the Jazz if they were selected.
Jazz VP of Player Personnel Walt Perrin said Bates-Diop projects as a power forward at the next level, and will initially help NBA teams with his ability to shoot the ball. Bates-Diop was a 36% three point shooter as a fourth year junior for the Buckeyes. During the media interview process, Bates-Diop apparently suffered a back spasm, after cramping towards the end of the workout and had to leave for treatment. His length made him a defensive weapon for the Spartans, standing 6’8.5 with an impressive 7’3.25 wingspan. ESPN has him projected as the 18th overall pick in their latest mock draft.
Metu is an impressive athlete for his size, and will be a good pick and roll defender in the NBA. He doesn’t have overwhelming size, and will likely spend time at both front court positions in the NBA. As a 30% three point shooter last year for the Trojans, Metu might be able to add the ability to stretch the floor to his repertoire, which makes him an intriguing player. ESPN has him projected as the 39th pick in their latest mock draft.