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NBA draft tracker: Utah Jazz pull double duty with two sets workouts on Friday (12 items)

By , For the Deseret News

June 6, 2014

The Jazz brass are doing their best to leave no stone unturned when it comes to finding out who the best and most NBA ready players are prior to the upcoming draft. Friday will be no different in that endeavor as the Jazz have two more groups of six scheduled to work out. Although none of the players are considered to be first-round picks, there are a bunch of intriguing prospects, including a couple local studs and a pair of stars from the Pac-12.

Here is a look at how each of the 12 players performed on their most recent teams.

1 of 12. Jarred Shaw, 6-10, 240, forward-center, Utah State

Shaw had a solid career playing for the Aggies after spending his first two college seasons as little more than a bit player at Oklahoma State. His most productive season in Logan, Utah, came as a junior in 2012-13 when he averaged 14.2 points on 53.9 percent shooting from the floor to go along with 8.4 rebounds and one block in 31 contests.

For his career, Shaw averaged 8.5 points and 5.2 rebounds in 102 games.

2 of 12. Keith Appling, 6-1, 185, guard, Michigan State

Appling saw significant time on the floor during all four seasons with the Spartans and turned himself into a solid lead guard. His numbers won't blow you away, but Appling is the kind of player who will do the little things to help you win games. One of his most productive seasons came as a junior in 2012-13 when Appling averaged a career-high 13.4 points as well as 3.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 35 games.

For his career, Appling averaged 10.6 points, three rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.1 steals in 142 games.

3 of 12. Jahii Carson, 5-11, 180, point guard, Arizona State

Carson spent two seasons playing for the Sun Devils before declaring for the ’14 draft. He is an explosive guard who is at his best when he is attacking the basket because of his ability to draw fouls. Once Carson gets into the lane, he also has the knack for finding his teammates for easy looks. His best statistical season came as a freshman in 2012-13 when he averaged 18.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.2 steals in 35 games.

For his career, Carson averaged 18.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists and nearly a steal in 68 games.

4 of 12. Drew Crawford, 6-5, 203, shooting guard, Northwestern

Crawford has been a solid player ever since he stepped on campus at Northwestern. He is a solid athlete who spends most of his time outside the 3-point line where he has proven to be effective. His best season came in 2011-12 when Crawford averaged a career-high 16.1 points on the strength of 41.2 percent shooting from behind the arc. That season he also added 4.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals in 33 games.

For his career, Crawford averaged 13.4 points, five rebounds and two assists in 143 games.

5 of 12. Jerry Evans Jr., 6-8, 210, guard, Nevada

Evans is a long, wing player who earned plenty of time from early on at Nevada. During his first three seasons, Evans did a little bit of everything except look to score. That changed as a senior as Evans improved his scoring output by nearly five points a night over his junior season. In 2013-14, Evans averaged 12.3 points and 6.2 rebounds in 31 games.

For his career, Evans averaged 7.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in 126 games.

1. dxh1788
Los Angeles, CA,
June 11, 2014

This young man is an amazing athelete. He's grossly underrated. I pray that the professionals will see his talent, and give him the opportunity he deserve to show his true ability. I believe that once the GM's see him, there mouths will salivate, his talent can save a team many dollars. Because of his unique ability while allowing him the opportunity to make money as well. Which is the ability to play multiple positions, successfully. Good Luck to each of the NBA teams. The one that lands Evans will have a valuable prize.