The Jazz player development staff is at it again as six more players are in town on Thursday for pre-draft workouts. The grouping consists of four guards and a pair of centers this time around. The most notable players of the group are Cincinnati’s Sean Kilpatrick who was a consensus second-team All-American in 2013-14 and Nick Wiggins from Wichita State who happens to be the older brother of one of the most heralded players in the draft, Andrew Wiggins.
Here is a look at how each of the players coming in for a visit have performed on their most recent teams.
Deonte Burton, 6-1, 190, point guard, Nevada: Burton is an explosive guard how can really score the ball. He is most effective going to the hole because of his quick first step and impressive jumping ability. Burton loves to draw contact once he gets into the paint and is efficient from the free-throw line where he shot 75.1 percent in 6.4 attempts a night according to sports-reference.com. His most productive season with the Wolf Pack came in 2013-14 when Burton averaged 20.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.5 steals in 32 games.
For his career, Burton averaged 16.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, four assists and 1.3 steals in 130 games.
Jordan Clarkson, 6-5, 193, guard, Missouri: Clarkson played three seasons of college basketball before leaving early to enter the NBA draft. Clarkson spent his first two seasons at Tulsa and had success as a scorer. Once Clarkson arrived at Missouri he showed more of a well-rounded game even though his 3-point shooting numbers took a serious dip from 37.4 percent in 2011-12 to 28.1 percent. In his one year on the floor with the Tigers, Clarkson averaged 17.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 35 games.
For his career, Clarkson averaged 15.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and nearly a steal in 93 games.
Sean Kilpatrick, 6-4, 210, guard, Cincinnati: even though Kilpatrick contributed from the moment he stepped on campus at Cincinnati, he showed steady progress in his four seasons on the floor for the Bearcats. Kilpatrick is player who loves to shoot the long-range bomb even though it isn’t the best part of his offensive arsenal. As a senior he shot more shots from beyond the arc (267), than inside it (239) even though he shot just 34.8 percent according to sports-reference.com. His biggest weapon is his ability to get to the hole and create contact. His best season came in 2013-14 when Kilpatrick averaged 20.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.4 steals in 34 games.
For his career, Kilpatrick averaged 15.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, two assists and 1.2 steals in 140 games.
Nick Wiggins, 6-6, 192, guard, Wichita State: Wiggins spent two years at Wichita State coming off the bench for one of the best teams in the country. His best season came as a junior in 2012-13 when Wiggins averaged 4.9 points on the strength of 41.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc to go along with 1.8 rebounds in less than 13 minutes a night. Although his minutes and numbers went up as a senior, his shooting numbers dropped significantly.
For his career, Wiggins averaged five points and two rebounds in 72 games for the Shockers.
Artem Klimenko, 7-0, 242, center, Russia: Klimenko played for Avtodor Saratov in the Russian second division and averaged 14.8 points on 57.4 percent shooting from the floor to go along with seven rebounds and nearly a block in 23.7 minutes a game according to DraftExpress.com. Klimenko is long and very athletic for his size, but doesn’t have much of a back to the basket offensive game to this point. He does most of his damage on the offensive end of the floor in transition and on put backs and free-throws as shown in his video scouting report on DraftExpress.com courtesy of Mike Schmitz.
Alex Kirk, 7-0, 250, center, New Mexico: although Kirk is listed at 7-0, he measured substantially smaller than that at the NBA draft combine (6-9.25). He makes up for that with his reach and leaping ability. Kirk settled for the 3-point far too often during his time at New Mexico when you consider the fact that he shot 25.2 percent from beyond the arc in 139 attempts according to sports-reference.com., but is a solid scorer from closer in. He played three seasons for the Lobos and had his best year in 2013-14 when he averaged 13.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in 32 games.
For his career, Kirk averaged 10 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 101 games for New Mexico.