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2014 NBA draft tracker: The Jazz bring in some of the best college big men for workouts (9 items)

By , For the Deseret News

June 7, 2014

Saturday is a big day for the Utah Jazz organization. Not only is it the day where the team introduced the man who will lead them for forseeable future in new head coach Quin Snyder, but it is also a day where they finally have some big name, high-level talent in to work out in advance of the upcoming NBA draft.

Among the group of nine players in town for pre-draft evaluations there are three players who will most likely hear their name called in the first round, including Jerami Grant, Adreian Payne and Aaron Gordon.

Here's a look at how each of the players performed during their time in college.

(All heights and weights come from ESPN.com)

1 of 9. Jerami Grant, 6-8, 210, forward, Syracuse

Grant is a freak athlete with tons of potential. Grant didn't have much of a face-up game while at Syracuse, but did most of his damage on the offensive end on fast breaks and attacking the rim in the half court. Because he went to the basket a great deal of time, Marble got to the free-throw line a lot as a sophomore and showed a great deal of improvement (56.2 percent as a freshman to 67.4). In fact, Grant improved nearly every part of his game dramatically in Year 2. That season, Grant averaged 12.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists.

For his career, Grant averaged 7.5 points and 4.7 rebounds in 72 games.

2 of 9. Roy Devyn Marble, 6-6, 200, guard, Iowa

Marble played nearly 30 minutes a night over his last three seasons with the Hawkeyes and proved he could score the ball in a number of different ways. Although it isn't his most high percentage shot, Marble has decent 3-point range. Where he is most affective is getting to the hole and drawing contact. Marble did that at a clip of six free-throw attempts per game his senior season and shot 71.4 percent. That came as part of his most productive college season when he averaged 17 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.8 steals. Marble is one of the better passers from the wing position in the draft thanks to his great vision and unselfishness on the court.

For his career, Marble averaged 12.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.3 steals in 136 games.

3 of 9. Patrick Miller, 6-0, 189, guard, Tennessee State

Miller is a quick point guard with a great deal of bounce. His role changed from more of a pass-first point guard to a scoring guard his senior season, and he showed that the transition suited him very well. Miller is relentless when driving to the basket and has the ability to get to the free-throw line at an impressive rate (8.9 attempts a game in 2013-14). His most productive season came as a senior when he averaged 23.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.6 steals in 30 games.

For his career, Miller averaged 15.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.6 steals in 126 games.

4 of 9. Adreian Payne, 6-10, 245, forward, Michigan State

Payne is the poster boy for what kind of improvement you can make as a player if you spend four years in college. Payne made great strides each season with the Spartans and finished his career as one of the most versatile big men in all of the college game. Payne is a stretch four who can really shoot the ball from the outside (42.3 percent shooting from behind the arc in 2013-14). His most productive season came as a senior when Payne averaged 16.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 31 games.

For his career, Payne averaged 8.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1 block in 138 games.

5 of 9. David Stockton, 5-11, 165, guard, Gonzaga

The son of the legendary Jazz point guard showed a lot of the same attributes as his dad during his time at Gonzaga. Stockton is a pass-first (and second and third) point guard who is as hard-nosed as they come. Stockton saw a significant increase in his minutes from his junior to his senior season and took full advantage of the opportunity. In 2013-14 Stockton averaged 7.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.5 steals in 36 games.

For his career, Stockton averaged 4.8 points, 1.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.2 steals in 138 games.

1. Doug10
Roosevelt, UT,
June 8, 2014

was there a mother involved in John Stocktons clone?