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On draft deadline withdrawal day, Jazz get good news

May 30th is the last day for underclassmen to pull their name from the June 21st NBA draft. College freshman, sophomores, and juniors can test the draft waters, and get a sense of their potential draft stock should they stay in the draft.

With the Utah Jazz drafting at 21, the more players in the draft, the better. The more talent that exists, the better, as it creates a larger opportunity to draft a difference maker late in the draft.

The Jazz got good news before the withdrawal date, as two key names have decided to stay in the draft, and could be serious options with the 21st pick.

Final Four Most Outstanding Player Donte DiVincenzo has signed with an agent over the weekend, and will likely be a first round pick. DiVincenzo is a combo guard who showed signs of being a playmaker and scorer in the NBA, coming off the bench for the championship winning Villanova Wildcats. DiVincenzo was in the Jazz first workout of the draft season. ESPN currently has DiVincenzo projected as the 28th pick in their latest mock.

Additionally, Maryland Sophomore Kevin Huerter has also decided to keep his name in the draft. Though his season averages weren’t overly impressive, averaging 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3.5 assists, his efficient shooting numbers have turned heads in the pre-draft process. Huerter shot 50% from the floor and 41% from three during his second season with the Terps. Huerter measured in at 6’7.25 at the draft combine. Huerter was supposed to work out for the Jazz on Monday, before returning home to discuss his decision to stay in the draft with his parents. ESPN has Huerter projected as the 19th overall pick in their latest mock.


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