Nick Wiggins of Wichita State may not be as heralded as his brother and expected No. 1 draft pick Andrew, but he can do enough on the court to warrant a look from the Utah Jazz Thursday, June 5 as pre-draft workouts continued at the Zions Bank Basketball Center.
Wiggins is 6-feet-6-inches and weighs 192 pounds and is not known as being much of a scorer, having only averaged five points per game during his time at Wichita State. That said, the Jazz like to fill their database just in case a need arises for a player like Wiggins.
So even if Nick Wiggins may not be drafted--and all Mock Draft boards indicate he will not be chosen--the Jazz will take a look, possibly because Nick might play in the same city as his brother Andrew, according to a tweet from Hoops Hype Canada.
“Draft insider tells HHC Nick Wiggins likely to land summer league invite with whoever drafts Andrew Wiggins #CdnBallers #NBAdreams,” they tweeted. The Jazz currently own the No. 5 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft--but there’s no telling whether Utah plans to stay at that spot, or move up to grab Andrew Wiggins.
Other notable players also in town on Thursday was 6-foot-1 inch guard Deonte Burton of Nevada, who is Draft Xpress No. 47 pick in its Mock Draft. Burton averaged 20 points per game for the Wolf Pack. 6-5 guard Jordan Clarkson of Missouri is No. 45 on the same big board and also continues to move up Mock Drafts because of his size and versatility.
7-foot Russian center Artem Klimenko is a relative unknown to some but he’s also on several Mock Draft boards and so it appears that the Jazz are beginning to zero in on prospects that they might be interested in selecting with their No. 35 overall pick.
Guard Sean Kilpatrick of Cincinnati is considered a stretch to be drafted but at 6-4 might make a good fit for a summer league team because he can score and shoot the basketball. Center Alex Kirk of New Mexico nearly averaged a double-double as a senior and he rounded out the six players who were in Salt Lake City on Thursday.