After North Carolina product and potential first-round pick P.J. Hairston pulled out of the Utah Jazz pre-draft workout on Sunday, June 8 due to back spasms the Jazz were forced to turn to a tried and true person to run with the other five draft prospects. That person was player development coach Alex Jensen.
Jensen, who is 38 years old now but was once a cornerstone of some great Rick Majerus-coached Utah Utes teams held his own with players like Wichita State forward Cleanthony Early and Washington guard C.J. Wilcox, who prepped at nearby Pleasant Grove at Sunday’s workouts at the Zions Bank Basketball Center.
Both Early and Wilcox are likely to be picked when the Jazz’ number comes up at No. 23 and 35 in the upcoming draft. Early was part of a Wichita State team that has traveled deep into the NCAA Tournament on two consecutive occasions--and is slated to go in the latest Mock Draft at No. 33. He averaged 16 points and 6 rebounds for the Shockers.
Wilcox is expected to go much later in the draft--perhaps into the middle of the second round, which is where the Jazz currently reside at No. 35. He scored 18 points per game for the Huskies and has shot his way into consideration based on some unreal workouts at the NBA Combine and elsewhere.
They were joined on a unique Sunday morning workout by Michigan forward Glenn Robinson III, San Diego State guard Xavier Thames and Youngstown State guard Kendrick Perry. Robinson was another player to keep an eye on Sunday, as he obviously has the NBA genes and is the kind of player the Jazz need and could grab with the No. 23 pick--he’s listed on DraftExpress.com to go at No. 29 currently.
Thames and Perry are not listed on any Mock Draft boards. Thomas had a nice career at San Diego State and can score the basketball, averaging 18 points per game as a 6-3 shooting guard.
Perry is just 5-11 but has a wingspan of 6-6 according to his profile and averaged over 22 points per game, shooting better than 50 percent from the field.