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The 2014 NBA draft tracker: Julius Randle headlines another group of draft hopefuls to workout with Jazz (8 items)

By , For the Deseret News

June 18, 2014

It is a little more than a week away from the draft and the Jazz have eight more college stars in town to show of their skills for the Utah brass. The biggest name of the group is potential top-10 pick Julius Randle, who led the Kentucky Wildcats to the national championship game after an impressive freshman campaign.

Randle is joined at the work out by a pair of other SEC stars in Casey Prather and Jordan McRae. The other notable player at the work out Wednesday is UConn underclassman DeAndre Daniels, who made a name for himself in the Huskies' tournament run to the national title.

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

1 of 8. Julius Randle, 6-9, 250, forward, Kentucky

Randle was the most impressive of a dominant freshman class for the Wildcats. He does most of his damage on the offensive end with his back to the basket, but also has a solid face up game. He is a great offensive rebounder who can finish with either hand at the rim and does a fantastic job of drawing fouls.

In his lone season at Kentucky he averaged 15 points on 50.1 percent shooting from the floor, 10.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 40 games.

2 of 8. Mike Burwell, 6-5, 205, guard, Towson

Burwell spent two seasons at South Florida but saw very little time on the floor before transferring to Towson for his last two seasons. While at Towson, he saw significantly more minutes and had solid production. His best season came as a senior in 2013-14 when he averaged 10.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 36 games.

For his career, he averaged 6.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and an assist in 117 games.

3 of 8. DeAndre Daniels, 6-9, 195, forward, UConn

Daniels is an intriguing prospect because of his length and versatility. He spent three seasons honing his craft for the Huskies and had huge strides from his freshman to his junior season. His biggest improvement came with his outside shot where he went from a 24 percent three-point shooter in 2011-12 to a 41.7 shooter in 2013-14. His most productive season came in '13-14 when he averaged a career-high 13.1 points, six rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 38 games.

For his three-year career, he averaged 9.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 99 games.

4 of 8. Langston Hall, 6-4, 180, point guard, Mercer

Hall is a pass-first point guard who can also stretch a defense with his ability to knock down the long-range bomb. Although he earned huge minutes all four seasons on the floor for the Bears, he has shown tremendous growth along the way. His most productive season came as a senior in 2013-14 when he averaged 14.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.4 steals in 36 games.

For his career, he averaged 11.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.3 steals in 138 games.

5 of 8. Jordan McRae, 6-6, 185, guard, Tennessee

McRae was the go-to guy for the Volunteers from the perimeter each of the last two seasons because of his shooting range and soft touch. He is a little small for a two-guard (he measured 6-foot-3.75 without shoes at the draft combine), but is a solid shot blocker because of his incredible wingspan. His most productive season came in 2013-14 when he averaged 18.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and one block in 37 games.

For his career, he averaged 13.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 114 games.

1. Copacetic
Logan, UT,
June 18, 2014

It's a big humorous and a lot deceptive that some of these players can get away with listing themselves as over 2 inches taller than they really are. I would subtract a point for being misleading if I was evaluating these guys.

Hopefully, all these close-up evaluations will allow the Jazz to make some very good picks in the soon-to-be draft. One of the guys could be another diamond in the rough that the Jazz occasionally find.