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Utah Jazz: Likely first rounder Semaj Christon of Xavier leads pre-draft workout

Utah Jazz pre-draft workout. Pictured: Semaj Christon of Xavier.
Utah Jazz pre-draft workout. Pictured: Semaj Christon of Xavier.
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Xavier Musketeers guard Semaj Christon has been linked on several Mock Draft boards as a late first-round pick. With good height at 6-foot-3 and length to boot, it’s thought that some team--perhaps the Jazz--will take a chance on Christon with that No. 20-No. 28 pick in the draft.

Christon averaged 15 points, four assists and even hauled down three rebounds for the Musketeers, a perennial college basketball power out of Cincinnati that seems to churn out solid NBA guards every couple of years.

On Friday, May 30 the Jazz brought in Christon and several other players to the Zions Bank Basketball Center in Salt Lake City for their pre-draft workout, careful naturally not to show their hand but to take a hard look at each player and compile a database on each player--because, you never know.

But with Christon, you do know because he is the only underclassman that the Jazz brought in on Friday and when several Mock Draft boards have him going in the first round, it’s a given that he’ll land there--or close to near that area at the 2014 NBA Draft. Since the Jazz currently hold the No. 23 and No. 34 picks, Christon certainly falls in that area--if you believe the Mock Draft.

Other players came to the ZBBC including Iowa State guard DeAndre Kane, a unique player in that he’s 6-4 but also 200 pounds and solid. Many believe Kane may land somewhere in the second round because of his rare characteristics.

One such stat to pay attention to is that Kane is a better scorer, passer and rebounds better than Christon. The main knock on Kane seems to be his age; he’s 24, which makes him extraordinarily old for an NBA rookie compared to Christon, who is just 21.

The Jazz also brought in four forwards on Friday. Louisville forward Luke Hancock is known somewhat for his three-point shooting in college but he only averaged 10 points per game for the Cardinals as a senior and like Kane he‘s 24 years of age. UCLA product Travis Wear is another upperclassman and shooter who is unlikely to be selected in the first two rounds.

Jamil Wilson of Marquette and Wally Judge of Rutgers round out the six players who worked out for the Jazz on Friday. Like Hancock and Wear, neither Wilson nor Judge are expected to be drafted.

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