While there aren’t any Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker types roaming around the Zions Bank Basketball Center on Wednesday, May 7 for the first day of pre-draft camp workouts, you still may want to keep your eye on a few notables.
For example, Stephen Holt of Saint Mary’s was best known for helping create the run that knocked the Utah Utes out of the NIT Tournament. On Wednesday, Holt will try to prove that he -- along with several other draft hopefuls -- are worth taking a risk on.
Considering Holt isn’t even ranked in ESPN analyst Chad Ford’s Top 100 draft board, he certainly isn’t someone you thought about twice since he left the Gaels -- and dashed the Utes’ postseason hopes. He isn’t the only player who comes to Salt Lake City seeking NBA fame and fortune.
Taylor Braun of North Dakota State was part of a Cinderella story throughout March Madness, a dream that got the Bison through to the Round of 32 before it was dashed by San Diego State rather unmercifully. Like Holt, Braun isn’t in Ford’s Top 100 -- but you can count on Holt and Braun getting a good look for one reason: both can shoot.
Braun has also been working out with fellow draft hopefuls Mitch McGary and Doug McDermott in Chicago, according to a tweet from Summit League blogger Stefan Ming.
Others coming to Utah on Wednesday include guard Bryce Cotton of Providence who is on Ford’s draft board and is a likely second round pick -- as is Oregon’s Mike Moser, a well traveled wing who at 6-8 and 195 is attracting interest from teams in mock drafts and is a player BYU and Utah fans know too well.
Forwards Akil Mitchell of Virginia and Ronald Roberts Jr. of St. Joseph’s round out the six who will be in attendance, trying to make a name for themselves in front of Jazz coaches Alex Jensen and Johnnie Bryant.