Day one of adidas Eurocamp is in the books, and while several of the players showed flashes of ability throughout the opening session, the best player on the floor was Tomas Satoransky. The 6í7″ combo guard from the Czech Republic was consistent in his brilliance throughout the day, and showed off his excellent overall court vision and feel for the game in a variety of ways. NBCSports.com
Satoransky is projected as a mid-second round pick, but that could change quickly if he continues to perform as he did on the campís first day. NBCSports.com
How bout this guy with their 2nd round pick. Might be able to run the offense through him and Hayward with Harris off the ball?
Tuesday: Just finished taking Utah Jazz big man Enes Kanter through his initial assessment at P3. Enes is an absolute beast, and at age 20 already one of the strongest NBA players that we have tested. (!!!!!!!!!!!*) His lower extremity bilateral force characteristics are very symmetrical in dynamic movement....Enes takes too long to reach peak force and needs to improve his hip extension, lower extremity power/acceleration and eccentric adaptation. He also reaches instead of drives when accelerating in all planes. We are very confident that we can improve these qualities, and enable Enes to become a much more explosive athlete on the basketball court.
Wednesday: Busy day at P3! Another round of motion capture with NBA's top draft prospects, and initial motion capture with Utah Jazz players Enes Kanter and Alec Burks. Tracking sensors strategically placed on the body allow P3 sports scientists to quantify and identify each athletes' individual weakness in the long kinetic chain. The data we are collecting on these young athletes will serve them for years to come.
Sounds like the off season is already paying off big time this year. Can't wait to see what they do in the summer league.
Date Updated Site Player School
May 31 2012 NBADraft.net . Henry Sims 6'11 242 C . Georgetown Sr.
May 30 2012 ESPN.com . Jae Crowder 6'6 225 SF . Marquette Sr.
May 30 2012 DraftExpress.com . Darius Johnson-Odom 6'2 215 SG . Marquette Sr.
I guess these are guys projected to the Jazz. Please don't take anyone that's not a pg, a shooter or overseas guy to stash away. So out of these guys only Odom seems to make any sense. He can shoot. Doesn't sound like he has much in pg skills but could possibly develop into a combo guard which they could use. I saw Crowder against BYU and he was good but he played in the frontcourt so the fact that his dad played for the Jazz isn't enough.
The wildcard in all of this is the amnesty clause, which Toronto could use this summer to be rid of Jose Calderonís contract and leave the team with more than $20 million in cap space. They canít amnesty Calderon until after July 1, so that added cap space wonít be available on draft night. The Raptors have not made any decision on the amnesty clause, but Calderonís future is clearly tied to what happens in the next two weeks. If Toronto winds up picking Lillard or Marshall, or if the Raptors take on significant salary, Calderon could be out. Oregonian
Asked if he planned to bring any players to Utah for pre-draft workouts in the next two weeks, O'Conner hinted it was not priority.
"We've tried do our homework early on guys," he said. "We've interviewed them. We've seen them play. The biggest thing is to be prepared on every level and I think we will be."
Isn't that kind of unusual even without a 1st rounder?
Six teams own a pair first-round pick in the draft, which creates more trade talk than usual, O'Connor said.
Teams with two first-round picks include New Orleans (Nos. 1 and 10), Cleveland (Nos. 4 and 24), Portland (Nos. 6 and 11), Golden State (Nos. 8 and 30), Houston (Nos. 14 and 16) and Boston (Nos. 21 and 22).
O'Connor downplayed the possibility of the Jazz making a trade to get into the first round: "Everybody is going to be asking for the moon and the stars."
What they ask for and what they take are two different things. Why take a guy you're not that high on just because?
Referring to Utah's young nucleus of Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward, Alec Burks and Enes Kanter, O'Connor said. "... We've got four lottery picks from the last two years. So unless we find something we really like, we really don't want to disturb things too much."
-- Steve Luhm
Yeah you wouldn't want to get the pg you desperately need to pair with them.
I wouldn't be looking to deal them either but they do have the GS pick which could be as high as 7 in the next 2 years. If a team has the choice of drafting someone they don't really want/need or trading the pick for a future pick(s)/TPE/expiring contracts/cash/Tomic I make the deal. Some of these perennial lottery teams don't need any more young guys. Jazz only need one and I'm not sure they can get what they need at 47.
The Utah Jazz have invited six college players, including BYUís Noah Hartsock, to a pre-draft workout on Saturday morning at the teamís practice facility. Joining Hartsock will be Missouri guard Kim English (6-foot-6, 220 pounds), Cal guard Jorge Gutierrez (6-3, 195), Purdue small forward Robbie Hummel (6-8, 215), Wichita State guard Toureí Murry (6-5, 195) and Villanova guard Malik Wayns (6-2, 200). Salt Lake Tribune
Jody Genessy: The six workout invitees/draft hopefuls are all older than current Jazz players Derrick Favors, Alec Burks and Enes Kanter. Twitter
Kind of figured they'd look at Harstock in Summer League so he's not much of a surprise. A good fit if they needed him.
English sounds like a good fit. Can shoot, play D, high IQ and was forced to run the point because they had no one else.
Gutierrez is a combo guard that plays D and can handle the ball and pass. Not a great shooter.
Maalik Wayns can run the pick and roll but looking for his own shot, Not a shooter either.
Not sure about Murry?
Better not take the SF or Harstock unless he's going to be stashed overseas. English sounds the most intriguing if Corbin can think out of the box enough to envision him and Burks and Hayward on the court together.
Tunisian big Salah Mejri (7-foot-1), who was scheduled to play with the New York Knicks at the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League, will attend a workout with N.Y. on June 18, but wonít be part of their Vegas squad. Sportando
If Mejri doesnít land a deal with the Knicks prior to when the summer league's kickoff, he will join the Utah Jazz as part of their Orlando Summer League team, from July 9-12. Then, Mejri will fly out to Spain and land on the morning of a pre-Olympics exhibition game between Spain and Tunisia, on July 13. Sportando
He's 26. Didn't find out a whole lot more about him.
Hartsock came away from Saturday's session particularly impressed by Hummel, a 6-8 forward, and the 6-6 English. The BYU standout said the Purdue big man shot the ball well and lauded the Missouri guard's ballhandling skills.
"I thought that all the guys did a great job of coming and playing hard," Corbin said.
Neither Corbin nor Perrin were about to show the Jazz's hand in what the team is specifically looking for in the June 28 draft, though.
The team will likely host a couple more workouts in the next week or so, but Perrin and Corbin admitted it's harder this year than usual to bring in top-level talent because the Jazz only have a second-round pick.