The Utah Jazz get back to business on Tuesday, May 21 when six prospects for the 2014 NBA Draft come to the Zions Bank Basketball Center in Salt Lake City to work out for the Jazz. The Jazz also have another event going on later that day: the NBA Draft Lottery. But first, the workouts. Most notable among the six senior players coming to the ZBBC? Iowa State guard Melvin Ejim.
BYU will remember Ejim from the temper tantrum, ejection he got and middle finger he gave to the Cougars fans assembled at the Marriott Center earlier this year in a nationally televised contest on ESPN. Iowa State won that game over BYU in overtime but those memories of Ejim losing his cool will last forever.
Well, it will last until at least Tuesday, and then a new chapter of Ejim’s career will begin. The 6-6 guard was the Big 12 Player of the Year by coaches and the Associated Press and is ticketed as a late second-round pick or free agent. Since the Jazz have the No. 34 selection at this year’s draft the Canadian could be on their radar--if he can control his emotions, that is.
Another player coming to town is Connecticut guard Niels Giffey, who you’ll remember as the sharpshooter who helped lead Uconn to a national title win over Kentucky. Another stretch two, Giffey can shoot the rock--which is a benefit due to his size (he’s 6-7 and 204 pounds) . He’s another possibility for the Jazz with that No. 34 pick in the second round.
Other players making an appearance tomorrow in Salt Lake City are Gonzaga forward Sam Dower, Indiana State guard Jake Odum, Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin and Towson forward Jerrelle Benimon. None of those four picks appear to factor into the Jazz’ plans at No. 34 at the moment--but you never know how plans might change with a great pre-draft workout.