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Really busy NBA draft night for Jazz; very quiet for BYU products (Davies, Jimmer)

2013-06-28T07:00:00Z 2013-11-06T21:45:35Z Really busy NBA draft night for Jazz; very quiet for BYU products (Davies, Jimmer)Jason Franchuk - Daily Herald Daily Herald
June 28, 2013 7:00 am  • 

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz were wheeling and dealing Thursday night.

There wasn't nearly as much movement out of Provo.

In a wild, unpredictable NBA draft from the very first pick, the hometown team produced two players after starting the evening with three draft picks.

Trey Burke, whose smoking-hot deep shot advanced Michigan all the way to the national championship game in April, is the newest Jazzman after being taken ninth overall.

Technically, he was picked by Minnesota. And Utah relinquished two later picks (Nos. 14 and 21) to the Timberwolves for that advancement.

“We feel really fortunate,” Utah executive Dennis Lindsey said after the completion of his first draft with the Jazz.

Well after deadline, Utah also traded for the draft rights to potentially exciting point guard Raul Neto from Brazil.

Burke seems to be extremely good value, especially fitting Utah’s needs for ballhandling and perimeter shooting.

The 6-foot-1 guard, didn't even work out in Salt Lake City as it was figured he'd be gone by the time Utah had a pick. He admitted to media in New York that he didn't work out for any teams after Detroit, which selected at No. 8. At least he didn’t have to sweat for long in his nice suit at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where BYU lost a couple of games last November.

"Now that I'm at Utah, I'm definitely thrilled for the opportunity," Burke said. "This is a new journey for me, but I'm looking forward to making an impact right away, and helping this team go."

It was the kind of night where anything could, and did, happen. You didn't have to just ask Burke.

Sure, there are no consensus stars in this particular class. But at least most pundits had it whittled down to 4-5 players that could go first to Cleveland.

The Cavaliers, however, fooled basically everyone by taking UNLV freshman Anthony Bennett — giving former BYU assistant coach Dave Rice his second lottery pick in the last three drafts. That's if you give him credit for the development of Jimmer Fredette, who went No. 10 to Sacramento a few years ago.

There were rumors that Fredette could be on his way out of Sac-town, but that didn't materialize, either. Instead, the Kings took another gifted shooter, Kansas' Ben McLemore — once rumored to be the top pick — at No. 7.

That makes eight guards (out of 15 players) on Sacramento's puzzling roster, counting second-round pick Ray McCallum (Detroit University).

Brandon Davies didn't have to face his buddy's tough fate of playing there. But he didn't fare any better with hearing his name.

He will have to seek out a free-agent contract. He was unavailable for comment after the draft.

The recently graduated BYU center, who worked out for 13 teams, wasn't among the 60 picks.

Utah had the No. 46 pick midway through the second round until it traded that selection to Denver plus some cash for the rights to No. 27 pick Rudy Gobert, a 7-1 Frenchman, that the Jazz apparently like because of his ridiculous wingspan (measured a reported 7-9).

Gobert actually worked out in Salt Lake City the same day as Davies, June 15.

Jazz fans sounded at a party at EnergySolutions Arena to be a little mixed. Happy to move up a few spots, but some seemed to want talented Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum a little more. McCollum two inches taller, though he played against inferior competition (except for destroying Duke in the NCAA Tournament a couple of years ago) and missing a large chunk of his senior season with a broken foot.

McCollum went No. 10 to Portland, which last year selected eventual rookie of the year Damian Lillard from Weber State.

An unscientific poll of fans were also high on Miami point guard Shane Larkin, who went 18th to Atlanta. Or there was some curiosity about German product Dennis Schroeder, a ballhandler who went 17th, also to the Hawks.

With the two picks it received, Minnesota had Utah choose versatile-and-controversial UCLA guard Shabazz Muhammad (14th) and shotblocker Gorgui Dieng from Louisville.

Dieng also worked out in Salt Lake the same day as Davies, but in a different group.

OTHER CONNECTIONS

Former Mountain West Conference foes were part of draft night. New Mexico's Tony Snell was taken 20th by Chicago. Jamaal Franklin of San Diego State heard his name 41st, by Memphis. Colton Iverson from Colorado State also went late in the second round to Indiana.

Pierre Jackson, Baylor's point guard who defeated the Cougars three times in two years, went 42nd to Philadelphia.

Erick Green of Virginia Tech, one of the nation's top scorers, was picked by Utah at No. 46 and sent to Denver. Green lost home-and-home games against the Cougars the past two seasons.

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