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NBA Draft 2015: Utah Jazz worked out 101 players, obviously looking beyond three draft picks

A look at the Jazz, how they work guys out, and how they draft

Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

First of all, shoutout to Andy B. Larsen (the B stands for Big shot I know what a PDF file is), for helping me out with the data for this year's workouts. It was pretty obvious that I have been in and out of the country a few times over the last two months and wasn't following all of the Utah Jazz news as it happened. That also explains why we had so few posts the last 6 weeks. ANYWAY, the Utah Jazz worked out 101 players since the end of the season and the NBA Draft. (This doesn't include the 26 guys they brought in for free agent mini-camp, btw) The 101 mark is the highest ever, surpassing last seasons' epic 91 players worked out (89 different players, two guys worked out twice). So, the team doesn't have 101 draft picks this season though. They don't even have five. But it's part of the strategy to get most data on every player possible. And you do that by having a great scouting staff, and a front office that's willing to go out there and schedule these trips, visits, interviews, and workouts.

The Jazz worked out some of these guys back at the NBA Draft combine week as well, and liked them well enough to bring them to Utah for another look. I wouldn't be surprised to see a player drafted by the Jazz tonight be someone they've seen multiple times. But even more than that, I wouldn't be surprised to see three or four players invited to summer league, training camp with the team, or training camp with the Idaho Stampede. Maybe not immediately this season, but down the line. Utah has been cultivating a very large list (binders and binders) of players. One example is Jack Cooley, who did two predraft workouts for the Jazz in 2013, then attended a free agent mini-camp in 2014, got a training camp invite, didn't make the team, made the Idaho Stampede, and because of injuries and trades, eventually got called up to the big leagues. He's not the only one who had a similar route to the NBA through the Jazz. And he's not the only guy who'll end up making it that way.

So did the Jazz work out any Jack Cooley's this May and June? Or did they just work out the next player they'll use a lotto pick on? (Jazz players who were lotto picks that the team worked out before: Gordon Hayward, Alec Burks, Enes Kanter (Europe private)).

Date Player From Consensus Rank Green RM
1 6 June 13 2015 Myles Turner Texas 11.73 Yes
2 6 June 14 2015 Kelly Oubre Jr. Kansas 14.83 Yes
3 6 June 13 2015 Trey Lyles Kentucky 15.39 Yes
4 6 June 4 2015 Bobby Portis Arkansas 16.12 Yes
5 6 June 19 2015 Sam Dekker Wisconcin 16.80 Yes
6 6 June 13 2015 Jerian Grant Notre Dame 18.80 Yes
7 6 June 4 2015 Kevon Looney UCLA 20.18 Yes
8 6 June 7 2015 Montrezl Harrell Louisville 22.82
9 6 June 3 2015 R.J. Hunter Georgia State 23.33 Declined
10 5 May 24 2015 Terry Rozier Louisville 28.26
11 6 June 14 2015 Rakeem Christmas Syracuse 32.48
12 6 June 15 2015 Anthony Brown Stanford 35.18
13 6 June 13 2015 Jonathan Holmes Texas 37.30
14 5 May 7 2015 Richaun Holmes Bowling Green 41.19
15 6 June 13 2015 Olivier Hanlan Boston College 41.40
16 6 June 8 2015 Norman Powell UCLA 42.30
17 6 June 16 2015 Michael Frazier II Florida 43.74
18 6 June 13 2015 Mouhammadou Jaiteh France 44.15
19 5 May 24 2015 J.P. Tokoto North Carolina 44.86
20 6 June 8 2015 Josh Richardson Tennessee 48.67
21 6 June 16 2015 Travis Trice Michigan State 49.00
22 6 June 4 2015 Pat Connaughton Notre Dame 49.42
23 5 May 27 2015 Tyler Harvey Eastern Washington 51.06
24 5 May 24 2015 Vince Hunter UTEP 52.00
25 6 June 7 2015 Terran Petteway Nebraska 54.44

Date Player From Consensus Rank Green RM
26 5 May 24 2015 Aaron White Iowa 55.00
27 6 June 1 2015 Alan Williams UCSB 56.67
28 6 June 7 2015 Quinn Cook Duke 61.09
29 6 June 14 2015 Chris Walker Florida 62.25
30 6 June 7 2015 Darrun Hillard II Villanova 62.57
31 5 May 24 2015 Trevon Graham VCU 62.78
32 6 June 5 2015 Aaron Harrison Kentucky 63.00
33 5 May 24 2015 Andrew Harrison Kentucky 63.00
34 6 June 13 2015 Kenneth Smith Lousiana Tech 65.50
35 6 June 13 2015 Cady Lalanne UMASS 65.88
36 6 June 8 2015 Chasson Randle Stanford 67.80
37 6 June 5 2015 Dez Wells Maryland 69.40
38 6 June 14 2015 Keifer Sykes Wisconcin Green Bay 70.83
39 6 June 3 2015 T.J. McConnell Arizona 72.00
40 6 June 15 2015 Mateusz Ponitka Poland 76.25
41 6 June 16 2015 Kevin Pangos Gonzaga 78.00
42 6 June 15 2015 Wesley Saunders Harvard 78.75
43 6 June 8 2015 Sir'Dominic Pointer St. John's 79.17
44 6 June 8 2015 Ryan Boatright UCONN 79.20
45 5 May 6 2015 D.J. Newbill Penn State 79.33
46 5 May 7 2015 Shannon Scott Ohio State 81.80
47 6 June 14 2015 Will Cummings Temple 83.50
48 6 June 13 2015 Marcus Thornton Williams & Mary 85.00
49 6 June 1 2015 Sam Thompson Ohio State 86.50
50 6 June 5 2015 Trevor Lacey NC State 86.67

Date Player From Consensus Rank Green RM
51 5 May 7 2015 Darion Atkins Virginia 87.00
52 6 June 1 2015 Tyler Haws BYU 89.00
53 6 June 14 2015 Derrick Marks Bosie State 90.67
54 6 June 4 2015 Andre Hollins Minnesota 92.00
55 6 June 13 2015 Gabriel Olaseni Iowa 92.00
56 5 May 6 2015 Rayvonte Rice Illinois 93.00
57 6 June 3 2015 Askia Booker Colorado 94.00
58 6 June 14 2015 Levi Randolph Alabama 95.00
59 6 June 14 2015 Jarvis Williams Murray State 97.00
60 6 June 15 2015 Bobby Parks Jr. Philippines --
61 6 June 13 2015 Charles Jackson Tenn Tech --
62 6 June 15 2015 Corey Hawkins UC Davis --
63 5 May 27 2015 Dallin Bachynski Utah --
64 6 June 16 2015 Damarcus Harrison Clemson --
65 5 May 6 2015 Denzel Livingston Incarnate Word --
66 6 June 4 2015 Deonta Stocks West Georgia --
67 6 June 8 2015 Dustin Hogue Iowa State --
68 6 June 3 2015 Gary Bell Jr. Gonzaga --
69 6 June 14 2015 George Lucas De Paula Brazil --
70 5 May 27 2015 Hugh Greenwood New Mexico --
71 6 June 16 2015 J.J. Avila Colorado State --
72 6 June 13 2015 J.J. O'Brien San Diego State --
73 6 June 5 2015 Jaleel Roberts UNC Ashville --
74 6 June 19 2015 Janis Berzins Latvia --
75 6 June 15 2015 Jesse Morgan Temple --

Date Player From Consensus Rank Green RM
76 6 June 14 2015 K.T. Harrell Auburn --
77 5 May 27 2015 Kendall Gray Delaware State --
78 6 June 7 2015 Kenny Chery Baylor --
79 6 June 1 2015 Lucas Dias Silva Brazil --
80 6 June 4 2015 Malcolm Miller Holy Cross --
81 5 May 6 2015 Maurice Ndour Ohio --
82 6 June 7 2015 Maurice Walker Minnesote --
83 6 June 1 2015 Nedim Buza Bosnia --
84 6 June 3 2015 Nick Paulos UNC Greensboro --
85 6 June 14 2015 Ousmane Drame Quinnipiac --
86 6 June 5 2015 Phil Greene IV St. John's --
87 6 June 19 2015 Rashad Madden Arkansas --
88 6 June 14 2015 Royce O'Neale Baylor --
89 5 May 6 2015 Russell Byrd Master's College --
90 5 May 27 2015 Ryan Harrow Georgia State --
91 6 June 3 2015 Shaquielle McKissic Arizona State --
92 6 June 19 2015 Skyler Halford BYU --
93 5 May 7 2015 T.J. Price Western Kentucky --
94 5 May 7 2015 T.J. Sapp Murray State --
95 6 June 1 2015 TaShawn Thomas Oklahoma --
96 6 June 19 2015 Terrence Drisdom Cal Poly Pomona --
97 5 May 7 2015 Traevon Jackson Wisconsin --
98 5 May 6 2015 Trey Zeigler TCU --
99 5 May 27 2015 Tyler Kalinoski Davidson --
100 6 June 5 2015 Yanick Moreira SMU --
101 6 June 16 2015 Youssou Ndoye St. Bonaventure --

The vast majority of these guys will never make the NBA. Some would bounce around in different leagues, a lucky few will play pro ball in America, and maybe get invited to training camp, summer league, free agent mini camps, or toil in the NBA DL. It's not pointless to do so, as we learned from the example of Cooley, Murray, and others, you can make the NBA. You have to work hard. And if a franchise is keeping track of you, there's always hope.

Of course, you can be a Jazzman without having to had a predraft workout with them. Just ask Dante Exum, Trey Burke, Rudy Gobert, Derrick Favors, and others. But most of these guys aren't threats to make it in the first 14 picks of the NBA Draft.

I applaud the Jazz for being so very thorough with their scouting. It allows them to make educated moves and personnel decisions. That's why they are always a threat in the lotto, the late first round, the second round, and in snatching up undrafted players. I don't know if any of these guys will play for the Jazz. But I do know that if they were good enough to catch the attention of the team that I love that their careers will be worth following.

I wish the all the best, and hope their hoop dreams come true tonight. For those who aren't so lucky, know that the path to the NBA doesn't stop if you aren't drafted. Keep at it. Keep working. And you'll get there, just like Jack did.