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The time for NBA mock drafts is now and they’re in full swing after the draft order was set following Tuesday night’s draft lottery. While the consensus is that the Celtics will take Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick, how most prognosticators see what the Jazz will do with their two first-round selections is all over the board.

Andrew Lynch of Fox Sports has the Jazz taking Michigan sophomore power forward, D.J. Wilson with the No. 24 pick, saying, “The Jazz would love to take (French center Jonathan) Jeanne as a Gobert backup if he’s still on the board here. If not, though, they’ll likely settle for a young power forward with range and raw defensive skills to take Derrick Favors’ place down the line, should he become a salary cap casualty.”

He went with a guard for the Jazz at No. 30 in former Lone Peak standout, Frank Jackson, saying, “Jackson played high school ball just south of Salt Lake City, and the Jazz could use another point guard prospect if they’re not sure Dante Exum is the long-term answer anymore.

“He’s an explosive athlete and a fairly decent defender already, which would make him a great fit in Utah.”

USA Today’s Adi Joseph had the Jazz taking the European route with their first selection in the former of Latvian small forward Rodions Kurucs. Speaking of Kurucs, Joseph wrote, “Predicting which team likes which international player is always a challenge, but everyone seems intrigued by Kurucs. He has a smooth game and good size, and as a 19-year-old, he would make an ideal draft-and-stash fit to bring over in two years, when his deal with Barcelona ends.”

Joseph also has the Jazz taking a guard at No. 30, going with Oklahoma State’s Jawun Evans. “The biggest gap between Evans and the point guards in the top 10 is size; he measured to be under 6-foot at the combine, wrote Joseph. “But he’s a brilliant natural playmaker with enough speed and strength to be a factor on pick-and-rolls. The Jazz may need a point guard, and Evans is a potential steal.”

Reid Forgrave of CBS Sports had the Jazz using both of their first-round picks on big men with Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan at No. 24 and Kentucky freshman Bam Adebayo at No. 30.

Looking at Swanigan, Forgrave wrote, “This is a guy who is one of the hardest workers I’ve been around in college basketball, both off the court and on. He understands what his primary role will be in the NBA: As a rebounder who outworks his opponents. No, he doesn’t fit into the nice pretty box of what we think of as NBA power forwards. But he’s such a high-character guy with so much tangible and intangible basketball talent that he’ll absolutely become a positive presence on a winning basketball team.”

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While the NBA playoffs are still in progress, the season has come to an end for all the players with local ties.

Some players had productive seasons with important contributions on good teams, while others tried to adjust to new surroundings, new teammates and a completely new style of basketball in their first year of pro basketball. There were also plenty of ups and downs, including record-setting scoring nights, trades and serious injuries.

Here is a look how the NBA and D-League players with local ties performed during the regular season and in the playoffs.

Andrew Bogut, Utah

Dallas Mavericks, Philadelphia 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers


Bogut began the season with the Dallas Mavericks where he was in and out of the lineup because of injuries, but still managed to be a solid contributor before he was moved at the trade deadline to the Philadelphia 76ers. After he was waived by the 76ers, he joined the Cleveland Cavaliers, but made just one appearance before he suffered a season-ending injury. One of his best showings was in a 25-point win over the Chicago Bulls when he scored eight points on 4 for 4 shooting from the floor and added 11 rebounds, two steals and an assist in 21:54 minutes of play.

In 26 games with the Mavericks, he averaged 3.0 points on 46.9 percent shooting with 8.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.0 blocks in 22.4 minutes.

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It has been a crazy year for former Cougars playing basketball around the world as 12 previous BYU players have played for 16 teams, in 11 different countries. Some are playing big roles on some of the top teams in China, Poland and Italy while others have changed teams and leagues while trying to find the right fit and an opportunity to shine.

Here is a look at where former Cougars played this season and how they have performed so far.

Charles Abouo, Denain (France-ProB)

Abouo has had a very solid campaign during his first year in France. His most productive recent outing came in a 75-69 win over Saint Chamond when he totaled 15 points on 6 for 13 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 5 from distance. He added four rebounds, three assists and a pair of blocks in 26 minutes.

On the season, he is averaging 9.4 points on 43.8 percent shooting to go along with 3.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals in 20.1 minutes.

Agustin Ambrosino, Gandia (Spain-LEB Silver)

Ambrosino played the first part of the season in Spain for a struggling team, but the left before the season was over. He has since found a new home in Bolivia where he will play for Calero De Potosi.

In 18 games in Spain, he averaged 7.8 points on 35.1 percent shooting with 4.0 rebounds in 23 minutes.

Rashaun Broadus, Vechta (Germany-BBL)

Broadus started out his season on one of the top teams in Lithuania before he moved on to Germany where he is playing for a team that has won just three of 32 games. His best showing in recent weeks came in a 91-90 loss to Jena when he finished with a team-high 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the floor, including 3 for 5 from beyond the arc. He added a game-best seven assists, three rebounds and a steal in 26 minutes.

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