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Lottery prospect Aaron Gordon, David Stockton to work out for Jazz

By Jody Genessy, Deseret News

Published: Fri, June 6 11:00 p.m. MDT

 Aaron Gordon, from Arizona, participates in the NBA shuttle run at the 2014 NBA basketball draft combine Friday, May 16, 2014, in Chicago.

Aaron Gordon, from Arizona, participates in the NBA shuttle run at the 2014 NBA basketball draft combine Friday, May 16, 2014, in Chicago.

(Charles Rex Arbogast, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

SALT LAKE CITY — A day after working out a few guys with familiar names to local college fans, the Utah Jazz are bringing in a high-profile player whose name might be heard when the team picks fifth in the June 26 draft.

Arizona forward Aaron Gordon, No. 8 on ESPN writer Chad Ford's Top 100 board, will be the first projected lottery athlete to participate in a pre-draft workout in Utah this year. First-round prospects Adreian Payne (Michigan) and Jerami Grant (Syracuse), and Gonzaga point guard David Stockton are other recognizable names among the nine who’ll go in two sessions following the introductory press conference of new coach Quin Snyder.

Others include UNLV forward Khem Birch, Baylor forward Cory Jefferson, Iowa guard Roy Devyn Marble, Tennessee State guard Patrick Miller and Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes.

Three guys with Utah college connections took to the Zions Bank Basketball Center court in Friday’s two workouts, including Weber State guard Davion Barry, Utah State center Jarred Shaw and former Utah forward Shawn Glover.

“I felt like I did great,” said Barry, who led the Wildcats to the NCAA tournament this spring. “I made shots. I was vocal. My team won the 3-on-3 (scrimmage). I looked good on the shooting drills. I just tried to win everything. I tried to compete.”

“It feels good, man,” said Glover, who transferred to Oral Roberts after Jim Boylen was fired in 2011. “It feels like home almost. I feel like I’m back to my roots.”

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1. Entwine67
Salt Lake, UT,
June 7, 2014

If the Jazz cannot make a move up into the top three, then I hope they take Aaron Gordon. He has Star potential, and Superstar potential if we're lucky. If he developes a shooting touch which is a teachable skill...LOOKOUT!!

2. scalman
Temecula, CA,
June 7, 2014

I watched a lot of the NCAA tournament this past year, and Aaron Gordon was definitely a blast to watch play. His rocket speed to the rim reminds me of Blake Griffin, but Blake came to the NBA with special post skills. Draft net says that Gordon has a good basketball IQ and is a good character guy, so maybe the Jazz might go for him. David Stockton is a heady player, a good point guard, but the Jazz already have a good back up point guard from Brazil who should be in Salt Lake this coming year or the next.