2014 NBA draft tracker: the Jazz bring in some of the best college big men for workouts

Saturday is a really big day for the Utah Jazz organization.  In fact it’s one of the biggest days that the Jazz have had in quite a while.  Not only is it the day where they will introduce the man who will lead them for forseeable future in new head coach Quin Snyder, but it is also a day where they finally have some big name, high-level talent in to work out in advance of the upcoming NBA draft.  Among the group of nine players in town for pre-draft evaluations there are three players who will most likely hear their name called in the first round, including Jerami Grant, Adreian Payne and Aaron Gordon.

Here s a look at how each of the players performed during their time in college.

All heights and weights come from ESPN.com

Roy Devyn Marble, 6-6, 200, guard, Iowa: Marble played nearly 30 minutes a night over his last three seasons with the Hawkeyes and proved he could score the ball in a number of different ways.  Although it isn’t his most high percentage shot, Marble has decent 3-point range.  Where he is most affective is getting to the hole and drawing contact.  Marble did that at a clip of six free-throw attempts per game his senior season and shot 71.4 percent.  That came as part of his most productive college season when he averaged 17 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.8 steals.  Marble is one of the better passers from the wing position in the draft thanks to his great vision and unselfishness on the court.

For his career, Marble averaged 12.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.3 steals in 136 games.

Jerami Grant, 6-8, 210, forward, Syracuse: Grant is a freak athlete with tons of potential.  Grant didn’t have much of a face-up game while at Syracuse, but did most of his damage on the offensive end on fast breaks and attacking the rim in the halfcourt.  Because he went to the basket a great deal of time, Grant got to the free-throw line a lot as a sophomore and showed a great deal of improvement (56.2 percent as a freshman to 67.4).  In fact, Grant improved nearly every part of his game dramatically in year two.  That season, Grant averaged  12.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists.

For his career,  Grant averaged 7.5 points and 4.7 rebounds in 72 games.

Patrick Miller, 6-0, 189, guard, Tennessee State: Miller is a quick point guard with a great deal of bounce.  His role changed from more of a pass first point guard to a scoring guard his senior season and he showed that the transition suited him very well.  Miller is relentless when driving to the basket and has the ability to get to the free-throw at an alarming rate (8.9 attempts a game in 2013-14).  His most productive season came as a senior when he averaged 23.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.6 steals in 30 games.

For his career, Miller averaged 15.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.6 steals in 126 games.

David Stockton, 5-11, 165, guard, Gonzaga: The son of the legendary Jazz point guard showed a lot of the same attributes as his dad during his time at Gonzaga.  Stockton is a pass-first (and second and third) point guard who is as hard-nosed as they come.  Stockton saw a significant increase in his minutes from his junior to his senior season and took full advantage of the opportunity.  In 2013-14 Stockton averaged 7.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.5 steals in 36 games.

For his career, Stockton averaged 4.8 points, 1.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.2 steals in 138 games.

Adreian Payne, 6-10, 245, forward, Michigan State: Payne is the poster boy for what kind of improvement you can make as a player if you spent four years in college.  Payne made great strides each season with the Spartans and finished his career as one of the most versatile big men in all of the college game.  Payne is a stretch four who can really shoot the ball from the outside (42.3 percent shooting from behind the arc in 2013-14). His most productive season came as a senior when Payne averaged 16.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 31 games.

For his career, Payne averaged 8.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and a block in 138 games.

Jarnell Stokes, 6-8, 260,  forward, Tennessee: Stokes would be a very intriguing option if he was still on the board at 35 for the simple fact that he plays the game a look like Jazz legends Karl Malone and Paul Millsap did.  He is a young (left Tennessee after his junior season), throwback type power forward who really knows how to rebound the basketball and score on the block.  Although Stokes was a big part of the Volunteers the moment he stepped on campus, his best season came as a junior when he averaged 15.1 points, 10.6 rebounds and two assists in 37 games.

For his career, Stokes averaged 13 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 blocks in 87 games.

Khem Birch, 6-9, 220, forward, UNLV: Birch was one of the best shot-blocking forward in all of the college game in 2013-14 because of his long arms and impressive jumping ability.  Those same two attributes also made him a very impactful rebounder.  His most productive college season came as a junior in ’13-14 when he averaged 11.5 points on 51 percent shooting from the floor, 10.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 3.8 blocks in 33 games.

For his career, Birch averaged 8.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.1 blocks in 69 games for Pittsburgh and UNLV.

Cory Jefferson, 6-9, 220, forward, Baylor: after struggling to find minutes during his first two seasons on the floor in Waco, Texas, Jefferson made a significant impact for the Bears during his junior and senior seasons.  Jefferson is a solid scorer around the rim who showed improved range as a senior.  His most productive season with the Bears came as a junior in 20120-13 when he averaged 13.3 points on 61 percent shooting from the field, eight rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 37 games.

For his career, Jefferson averaged 8.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 130 games.

Aaron Gordon, 6-9, 225, forward: Arizona: Gordon is a tremendous athlete who has just about as much upside as anyone else in the entire draft.  Gordon wasn’t looked upon to lead the Wildcats during his lone season with Arizona, but was able to show off his remarkable athleticism and all-around skill on numerous occasions.  Gordon can really finish at the rim and has a nice face-up game with decent range (35.6 percent from beyond the arc), but somehow managed to be just an awful free-throw shooter as a freshman (42.2 percent).

For his career, Gordon averaged 12.4 points, eight rebounds, two assists, nearly a steal and a block in 38 games.

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