The Jazz brass are doing their best to leave no stone unturned when it comes to finding out who the best and most NBA ready players are prior to the upcoming draft. Friday will be no different in that endeavor as the Jazz have two more groups of six scheduled to work out. Although none of the players are considered to be first round picks there are a bunch of intriguing prospects including a couple local studs and a pair of stars from the Pac 12.
Here is a look at how each of the 12 players performed on their most recent teams.
Jarred Shaw, 6-10, 240, forward-center, Utah State: Shaw had a solid career playing for the Aggies after spending his first two college seasons as little more than a bit player at Oklahoma State. His most productive season in Logan, Utah came as a junior in 2012-13 when he averaged 14.2 points on 53.9 percent shooting from the floor to go along with 8.4 rebounds and one block in 31 contests.
For his career, Shaw averaged 8.5 points and 5.2 rebounds in 102 games.
Keith Appling, 6-1, 185, guard, Michigan State: Appling saw significant time on the floor during all four seasons with the Spartans and turned himself into a solid lead guard. His numbers won’t blow you away, but Appling is the kind of player who will do the little things to help you win games. One of his most productive seasons came as a junior in 2012-13 when Appling averaged a career-high 13.4 points as well as 3.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 35 games.
For his career, Appling averaged 10.6 points, three rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.1 steals in 142 games.
Jahii Carson, 5-11, 180, point guard, Arizona State: Carson spent two seasons playing for the Sun Devils before declaring for the ’14 draft. He is an explosive guard who is at his best when he is attacking the basket because of his ability to draw fouls. Once Carson gets into the lane he is also a has the knack for finding his teammates for easy looks. His best statistical season came as a freshman in 2012-13 when he averaged 18.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.2 steals in 35 games.
For his career, Carson averaged 18.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists and nearly a steal in 68 games.
Drew Crawford, 6-5, 203, shooting guard, Northwestern: Crawford has been a solid player ever since he stepped on campus at Northwestern. He is a solid athlete who spends most of his time outside the 3-point line where he has proven to be effective. His best season came in 2011-12 when Crawford averaged a career-high 16.1 points on the strength of 41.2 percent shooting from behind the arc. That season he also added 4.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals in 33 games.
For his career, Crawford averaged 13.4 points, five rebounds and two assists in 143 games.
Jerry Evans Jr., 6-8, 210, guard, Nevada: Evans is a long, wing player who earned plenty of time from early on at Nevada. During his first three seasons, Evans did a little bit of everything except look to score. That changed as a senior as Evans improved his scoring output by nearly five points a night over his junior season. In 2013-14 Evans averaged 12.3 points and 6.2 rebouds in 31 games.
For his career, Evans averaged 7.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in 126 games.
Talib Zanna, 6-9, 230, forward, Pittsburgh: Zanna is a big strong forward who has always shown the ability to be a good rebounder. As his minutes went up from year to year so did his production. After a solid junior year Zanna wasn’t fazed by the Panthers jump to the ACC as he had his best season in 2013-14. That season, Zanna averaged 13 points on 58.6 percent shooting from the floor to go along with 8.6 rebounds in 35 games.
For his career, he averaged 8.3 points on 55.3 percent shooting from the floor and six rebounds in 135 games.
Davion Berry, 6-4, 185, guard, Weber State: Berry is a pure scorer who loves to get to the free-throw as well as let it fly from deep. Berry spent two seasons playing for the Wildcats and was at his best during his senior season in 2013-14. That year, Berry walked away with Big Sky Player of the Year honors after he averaged 19.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 31 contests.
For his career, Berry averaged 17.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.1 steals in 68 games.
Shawn Glover, 6-7, 215, guard-forward, Oral Roberts: if the name sounds familiar that is because Glover played his first two seasons of college ball at the University of Utah. Glover is a good athlete who showed great scoring prowess during his time at Oral Roberts. His most productive season came as a senior when Glover averaged 21.3 points on 49.9 percent shooting from the field to go along with 5.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.6 blocks in 33 games.
For his career, Glover averaged 11.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and one block in 126 games.
Thanasis Antetokounmpo, 6-6, 205, forward, Delaware 87ers (D-League): Antetokounmpo is a well-built, athletic wing who played last season in the NBA development league. During that time he showed that he could do a little bit of everything from the wing thanks in part to his tremendous leaping ability. For the season, Antetokounmpo averaged 12 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.3 blocks in 50 games.
James Michael McAdoo, 6-9, 230, forward, North Carolina: McAdoo left North Carolina to test the NBA draft waters after his junior season. McAdoo is a solid scorer who does most of his damage around the rim. He is a good offensive rebounder who managed to draw plenty of fouls. His best season with the Tar Heels came in 2013-14 when McAdoo averaged 14.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals in 34 games.
For his career, McAdoo averaged 11.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, one assist and 1.2 steals in 108 games.
Dwight Powell, 6-11, 234, forward, Stanford: Powell is one of a talented group of Canadians who has the chance to hear his name called on draft night. He has excellent passing skills for a big man to go along with his ability to score and rebound the ball. His most productive season with the Cardinal came as a junior in 2012-13 when Powell averaged a career-high 14.9 points to go along with 8.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 blocks.
For his career, Powell averaged 10.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 136 games.
Trevor Releford, 6-0, 190, point guard, Alabama: Releford is an attacking lead guard who can knock down the outside shot and score in bunches. Even though Releford averaged double figures in scoring in each of his four seasons at Alabama, his senior year was by far his most productive. That season Releford averaged 18.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.2 steals in 31 games.
For his career, Releford averaged 14 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and two steals in 134 games.