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The 2014 NBA draft tracker: A look at the players the Jazz brought in for their first set of pre-draft workouts (6 items)

By , For the Deseret News

May 7, 2014

One part of the draft process that often goes overlooked by many fans is the pre-draft workouts. That is especially true when none of the players who are coming to town are expected to be selected in either round of the draft. Even though many of the players who are in town for the Jazz to work out aren't highly regarded, it is still a very important thing to keep an eye on. The reason for that is because plenty of solid NBA players go undrafted but still make NBA rosters. All you have to do is look at former BYU standout Brandon Davies, who went undrafted a year ago but managed to make the Philadelphia 76ers.

The same was true for Wesley Matthews, who made the Jazz even though he didn't get drafted. With this year's crop of draft eligible talent being so deep, there will be plenty of players who don't get selected who will make it to the NBA.

The first group of players brought in for the Utah Jazz consists of Taylor Braun, Bryce Cotton, Stephen Holt, Akil Mitchell, Mike Moser and Ronald Roberts Jr. Here is a look at how each player performed in college and where he is projected at the next level.

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1 of 6. Taylor Braun, North Dakota State:

Braun was a great player in the Summit league because he can do a bit of everything on the floor. Braun is a big guard who can handle the ball and did a solid job as a senior at finding the open man. His greatest strength might be his ability to knock down the outside jumper. Braun shot 41.4 percent from behind the arc in his time with the Bison.

For his career, Braun averaged 14.2 points on 48.5 percent shooting, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 116 games.

2 of 6. Bryce Cotton, Providence:

Cotton is an impressive lead guard who can really score the basketball as well as create good looks for his teammates. He has a decent outside stroke, but where Cotton is most effective is when he gets into the paint where he can finish at the rim, get to the free-throw line or find the open man. Cotton led the Big East in assists (5.9 per game) and finished second in scoring (21.8 per game) in 2013-14.

For his career, Cotton averaged 15.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and three assists in 130 games.

3 of 6. Stephen Holt, Saint Mary's:

After spending three seasons off the ball, Holt ran the point for the Gaels as a senior and put up some nice numbers. Holt is a proficient scorer (15.2 points a game in 2013-14) thanks in part to his good outside touch (44.3 percent from behind the arc as a senior). Holt also showed the ability as a senior to be a willing passer and solid on-ball defender.

For his career, Holt averaged 108 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 steals in 127 games.

4 of 6. Akil Mitchell, Virginia:

After having his best offensive season as a junior (13.1 points a game) Mitchell took a step back as a senior even though he shot a better percentage from the floor. The reason for that is because Mitchell took far fewer shots in a very balanced Virginia offense. Even though his scoring and his minutes were down in 2013-14, Mitchell was still a beast on the glass, averaging seven rebounds a game.

For his career, Mitchell averaged 6.9 points on 51.9 percent shooting, six rebounds and 1.1 assists in 133 games.

5 of 6. Mike Moser, Oregon:

Moser should be familiar to most local college basketball fans after playing for UCLA, UNLV and Oregon over the last five years. Moser has a nice face-up game and is an excellent rebounder. His best season came as a sophomore with the Rebels when Moser averaged 14 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.9 steals and one block a game. After his minutes and production diminished as a junior with the addition of Anthony Bennett to the UNLV lineup, Moser decided for a new start with the Ducks and played well. In 34 games with Oregon, Moser averaged 13.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.1 steals.
1. Doug10
Roosevelt, UT,
May 8, 2014

two suggestions. One is draft someone who has a different last name than Burks
and when you write an article like this it would be helpful to know the players height and position they played