The Utah Jazz are back at it as six more draft eligible players are in town to go through scheduled workouts. Like the first three groups of workout attendees, none of the athletes in town on Friday are considered early first round talent. That doesn’t mean there is a lack of big name appeal however with players from UCLA, Louisville, Iowa State and Marquette showing off their skills. The most recognizable player from the group is Luke Hancock from Louisville who was a huge piece of the Cardinals run to the National Championship in 2013. Here is a look at the six players who worked out for the Jazz on Friday.
Semaj Christon, 6-3, 190-pound guard, Xavier: Christon is an explosive lead guard who loves to get up and down the floor and is at his best when he can get into the paint. Once he gets into the lane, Christon is effective both attacking the basket and finding open teammates. Thanks to his ability to get to the rim, he spends plenty of time at the free-throw line. That is one of the places where Christon struggles however as he shot just 66.8 percent in nearly seven attempts a night. Christon is a much improved outside shooter although he doesn’t look to score from the perimeter very often. The sophomore guard had his most productive season in 2013-14 when he averaged 17 points, 2.9 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.5 steals a game.
For his career, he averaged 16.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.4 steals in 64 games.
Luke Hancock, 6-6, 200-pound forward, Louisville: Although Hancock doesn’t do anything at an extremely high level, he does have the ability to take and make big shots. Hancock spent two seasons playing for George Mason before he transferred to Louisville and became a huge contributor for the 2013 National Champions. Hancock has nice touch from the outside and has developed a very nice 3-point game. Although his percentage was down from behind the arc in 2013-14 (34.5 compared to 39.9 in ’12-13), he showed very good form and decent range. As a senior, Hancock averaged 12.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists and a steal a game.
For his career, he averaged 9.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and one steal in 141 games.
Wally Judge, 6-9, 250-pound forward, Rutgers: Judge is a solid interior presence who wasn’t called on to do much on the offensive end of the floor during his four seasons split between Kansas State and Rutgers. When he does get touches, Judge can finish around the rim, but he lacks polish when he steps away from the bucket. One big weakness is from the free-throw line where judge shot just 52 percent for his college career. His most productive season came in 2013-14 when he averaged 7.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks a game.
For his career, he averaged 5.8 points and 4.7 rebounds in 115 games.
DeAndre Kane, 6-4, 200-pound guard, Iowa State: Kane is a fantastic all-around player who can fill up a stat sheet as good as any other college player. After spending three seasons playing for Marshall, Kane spent his senior year with the Cyclones and played a huge role in their success. Kane showed significant improvement with his perimeter game during his only season in Ames, Iowa as he upped his percentage from 24.8 to 39.8 from beyond the arc. Kane is also a great passer and an impressive rebounder from the guard spot. His most productive season came in 2013-14 when he averaged 17.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.2 steals.
For his career, Kane averaged 16 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.3 steals in 132 games.
Travis Wear, 6-10, 230-pound forward, UCLA: although Wear has really nice touch from the outside for a big man, he saw a significant drop in his minutes and production his senior season because of the mass amount of talent surrounding him at UCLA. Wear started his college career at North Carolina, but transferred to UCLA after getting limited minutes on the floor during his freshman campaign. His best season with the Bruins came as a sophomore in 2011-12 when Wear averaged 11.5 points on 53.3 percent shooting to go along with 5.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks.
For his career, Wear averaged 8.2 points and 4.1 rebounds in 128 games.
Jamil Wilson, 6-7, 230-pound forward, Marquette: Wilson is a powerfully built wing player with tremendous athleticism. Wilson is most effective when he is attacking the rim because of his jumping ability. That also helps him on the defensive end of the floor where Wilson has good instincts as a defensive rebounder and a shot blocker. He spent his freshman season with the Oregon Ducks before finding his way to Marquette for the remainder of his college career. He had his most productive season with the Golden Eagles as a senior when he averaged 11.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists.
For his career, he averaged 8.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 127 games.