The off season for the Utah Jazz starter a couple of weeks ago, and with the NBA Draft coming up in June they are full steam ahead with working out many draft prospects. The Jazz brought in three players that Utah fans are familar with: Sedrick Barefield, Tyler Rawson and Kenneth Ogbe.
I’d imagine Barefield is just going through the circuit to see what feedback he can get from NBA teams as he moves forward with his college career. This is a common practice for players now, as many of them put their name in there for consideration before withdrawing it before the deadline. I think extra workouts against NBA quality talent is a great thing for Barefield.
Rawson is interesting, because I think he has a skill set that can fit in the modern NBA. He can shoot from all over the floor, so he fits the stretch four profile, and he can also rebound and pass. His ability to stuff a stat sheet should raise some eyebrows. Now, I’m not sure he makes the NBA, but his pro potential is high overseas, no doubt. I’d like to see him get a shot in a summer league to see what he can do. I could maybe see him as someone like Ryan Anderson of the Houston Rockets, but maybe more well rounded. The question for him is will he be able to defend at that level?
Former Ute, who transfered to UVU, Ogbe has a lot of interesting measureables, and was off the court so much during his Utah career due to injuries. He showed some flashes while at Utah, and his size is ideal for an NBA wing, albeit a little light, and he’s athletic enough, but I don’t know if he has enough tools to make it in the league. He’s a good defender, a solid shooter, but I’m not sure he checks enough boxes to be an NBA player. He’s an overseas lock for sure, and he may make a summer league team, but I just don’t see NBA in his future.
Here’s Rawson’s interview after his Jazz workout.