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The 2014 NBA Draft Tracker: Jazz have a look at five transfers and an underclassman (6 items)

By , For the Deseret News

May 30, 2014

The Utah Jazz are back at it as six more draft eligible players are in town to go through scheduled workouts.

Like the first three groups of workout attendees, none of the athletes in town Friday are considered early first-round talent. However, that doesn't mean there is a lack of big-name appeal with players from UCLA, Louisville, Iowa State and Marquette showing off their skills.

Louisville's Luke Hancock is most recognizable player from the group. He was a huge piece of the Cardinals' run to the 2013 national championship.

Here is a look at the six players who worked out for the Jazz on Friday.

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1 of 6. Semaj Christon, G, 6-3, 190, Xavier

Christon is an explosive lead guard who loves to get up and down the floor and is at his best when he can get into the paint. Once he gets into the lane, he is effective both attacking the basket and finding open teammates. Thanks to his ability to get to the rim, he spends plenty of time at the free-throw line. That is one of the places where he struggles, however. He shot just 66.8 percent in nearly seven attempts a game. He is a much-improved outside shooter, although he doesn't look to score from the perimeter very often. The sophomore guard had his most productive season in 2013-14 when he averaged 17 points, 2.9 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.5 steals a game.

For his career, he averaged 16.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.4 steals in 64 games.

2 of 6. Luke Hancock, F, 6-6, 200, Louisville

Although Hancock doesn't do anything at an extremely high level, he does have the ability to take and make big shots. He spent two seasons playing for George Mason before transferring to Louisville and becoming a huge contributor for the 2013 national champions. He has nice touch from the outside and has developed a very nice 3-point game. Although his percentage was down from behind the arc in 2013-14 (34.5 compared with 39.9 in 2012-13), he showed very good form and decent range. As a senior, he averaged 12.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists and a steal a game.

For his career, he averaged 9.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and one steal in 141 games.

3 of 6. Wally Judge, F, 6-9, 250, Rutgers

Judge is a solid interior presence who wasn't called on to do much on the offensive end of the floor during his four seasons split between Kansas State and Rutgers. When he does get touches, he can finish around the rim but lacks polish when he steps away from the bucket. One big weakness is from the free-throw line where he shot just 52 percent for his college career. His most productive season came in 2013-14 when he averaged 7.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks a game.

For his career, he averaged 5.8 points and 4.7 rebounds in 115 games.

4 of 6. DeAndre Kane, G, 6-4, 200, Iowa State

Kane is a fantastic all-around player who can fill up a stat sheet as good as any other college player. After spending three seasons playing for Marshall, he spent his senior year with the Cyclones and played a huge role in their success. He showed significant improvement with his perimeter game during his only season in Ames, Iowa, as he upped his percentage from 24.8 to 39.8 from beyond the arc. He is also a great passer and an impressive rebounder from the guard spot. His most productive season came in 2013-14 when he averaged 17.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.2 steals.

For his career, he averaged 16 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.3 steals in 132 games.

5 of 6. Travis Wear, F, 6-10, 230, UCLA

Although Wear has really nice touch from the outside for a big man, he saw a significant drop in his minutes and production his senior season because of the mass amount of talent surrounding him at UCLA. He started his college career at North Carolina, but transferred to UCLA after getting limited minutes on the floor during his freshman campaign. His best season with the Bruins came as a sophomore in 2011-12 when he averaged 11.5 points on 53.3 percent shooting to go along with 5.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks.

For his career, he averaged 8.2 points and 4.1 rebounds in 128 games.