Draft watch: Utah Jazz eyeing Vonleh at No. 5?

  • 06/18/2014 12:01 pm in

Only eight days remain until the 2014 NBA draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and Indiana’s Noah Vonleh, the Big Ten freshman of the year, continues to workout for teams drafting high in the lottery.

In our latest edition of draft watch, we provide the latest on Vonleh’s draft stock, look at where he has worked out over the past couple of weeks and more:

Current projections

· ESPN’s Chad Ford: (5) to Utah
· Yahoo! Sports Marc Spears: (5) to Utah
· Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix: (7) to Los Angeles Lakers
· Draft Express: (5) to Utah
· NBADraft.net: (5) to Utah

Completed/scheduled workouts

· June 2: Sacramento
· June 4: Los Angeles Lakers
· June 9: Orlando (unconfirmed by team)
· June 11: Boston
· June 16: Utah
· June 18: Philadelphia (unconfirmed by team)

The Orlando workout was reported by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman as one that Vonleh had scheduled, but it does not appear that the Magic are publicizing any of their draft workouts this season. The Philadelphia workout, reportedly scheduled for today, was reported by Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

This list of teams makes sense for Vonleh as it covers draft slots 3 through 8, which is where nearly every projection lists him. Philadelphia owns the No. 10 pick as well, but it’s unlikely Vonleh would fall that far. The complete order for the lottery is as follows:

1. Cleveland Cavaliers; 2. Milwaukee Bucks; 3. Philadelphia 76ers; 4. Orlando Magic; 5. Utah Jazz; 6. Boston Celtics; 7. Los Angeles Lakers; 8. Sacramento Kings; 9. Charlotte Hornets (via Detroit Pistons); 10. Philadelphia 76ers (via New Orleans Pelicans); 11. Denver Nuggets; 12. Orlando Magic (via New York Knicks); 13. Minnesota Timberwolves; 14. Phoenix Suns

Latest buzz

· Most of the projections currently have Vonleh headed west to play in Utah and the vice president of player personnel for the team, Walt Perrin, was impressed by his workout in Salt Lake City.

“His left-handed jump hook is pretty good for a right-hander,”Perrin told The Salt Lake Tribune. “He’s got a nice drop step into the lane. He’s got a nice spin move going to the basket.”

· Vonleh, a Boston native, hasn’t shied away from potentially landing with the Celtics, who hold the No. 6 pick. Following his workout there, the Haverill, Massachusetts native talked about the possibility of ending up in Boston and what it would mean to him.

“All the workouts were pretty good, but this one just had a little bit more meaning to it because it’s my hometown,” he said.”Not everybody gets a chance to work out for their hometown team. This is a great opportunity.”

· As for where Vonleh stands in the eyes of those who cover the draft closely, ESPN’s Jay Bilas recently broke down Vonleh and where he projects him to be in five years versus Aaron Gordon and Julius Randle:

“I believe it will be Vonleh,” Bilas wrote. “Athletic, skilled, freakishly long (in a good way) and hands the size of Kawhi Leonard — Vonleh has it all. He can step away and shoot it, and he is a high-volume rebounder. As he adds to his post game, Vonleh has the chance to be a complete player in the NBA. Gordon is a better pure athlete who can guard anyone, rebound and get out in the open court, and Randle is an excellent rebounder and the most physically imposing big man in the NBA draft. But Vonleh has the chance to be a special player, so I’ll go with him.”

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  • Gregory Spera

    Most interesting NBA draft in years. Seems that Noah has indeed surpassed both Gordon and Randle on everyone’s board. Orlando’s pick at number four is the key. Would love them to land Vonleh. The Magic would have something really nice building, if they could ever get Gilbert Arenas off the books. The Magic paid Arenas $22M to play for the freaking Shanghai Sharks last season. Insane. Don’t know anything about the Utah Jazz, except that their name is an oxymoron.

  • PV Mike

    The name was not so crazy when the team was in New Orleans before moving to Utah. They could definitely have a better name. They were the Stars in the old ABA.

  • notfargj

    in light of the criticism crean received after a 2013 sweet 16 appearance – on the shoulders of the eventual number 2 and 4 picks in the nba draft – it’s important to note that kansas will likely produce 2 of the top 3 picks in a draft some suggest is more talented. yet, their season ended in the round of 16. while their stars were freshman – and, embiid didn’t play in the tournament – the team was loaded with talent, boasting three (along with wiggins) mcdonald’s all-americans in the starting line-up. on a subsequent note, nba draftnet has 4 kansas players projected as first-round draft picks in 2015, along with another going in the second round. it will be interesting to see how they finish next year.

  • Snookafly

    I know he wants to go to Boston or L.A., but it would give me a certain satisfaction to see Noah wind up in Utah.

  • Alford Bailey

    Very poor comparison. IU couldn’t hold KU’s jock right now. KU is top five competitive EVERY year, plays a decent schedule EVERY year and has won their league like ten years in a row. This is a REAL stretch even for Crean supporters.

  • Alford Bailey

    I’ve said NV should be drafted ahead of Randle based on long term potential and now looks as though that may happen with Randles ankle issues. Will be interesting.

  • IUDan

    I think that’s exactly the point he is making – that KU team is better, and the program as a whole is better, and they still ended in the Sweet 16. It happens … Hell Duke didn’t make it past the first round with arguably the best player in the country and a team loaded with McD AAs …

  • HoosierGrampy

    Fair and accurate comments! If IU had lost Oladipo or Zeller prior to the 2013 NCAAs, it’s extremely doubtful that they would have made it past the 1st round, while KU gets to the 3d Round w/o Embid. KU also gets 4 projected 1st round picks in the 2015 NBA Draft…IU may have 1–2 at best. Bill Self has the KU program light years ahead of where CTC has IU right now.

  • HoosierGrampy

    While formidable at the college level, Randle’s skill set is not likely to produce similar results in the NBA because he will find other players who are just as mobile, muscular, have more experience and are better shots. I think Gordon and Vonleh will be more successful and that we’ll be seeing them around the league for a long time.

  • Ole Man

    We get his point. Let’s get out the violins and play music for poor CTC.
    LOL!

  • notfargj

    well, i don’t know that anyone wants to hold anyone’s jock – now or later. that said, you are indeed missing the point of the post. despite the fact kansas was stacked this year, they couldn’t advance past the sweet 16. in 2013 we weren’t nearly as loaded with talent, bowed out at 16 and our fans jumped all over crean. in my initial post, i was going to mention that – sans kentucky and a handful of others – yes, kansas is a top 5 program, arguably a top 4. based on – and, i include myself in the mix – our reaction to crean leading us to back-to-back sweet 16’s, it’s surprising the kansas faithful didn’t hang coach self in effigy.

  • Outoftheloop

    They should be renmed “the Sloans” for Jerry!

  • Outoftheloop

    That is why you play the game, to embarrass know it all posters!

  • Outoftheloop

    Ole, I didn’t realize that you were musically gifted!

  • Outoftheloop

    No doubt about it KS, KY, and Duke are now tops on paper, but Pitino and Ollie hold the trophies!

  • Outoftheloop

    Zack Randolph has been a very successful pro with just those qualities!

  • Ole Man

    Fer sure!! LOL. Just havin’ some fun 🙂

  • FinEndNow

    But Randolph can hit a midrange jumpshot and obviously a bit bigger than Randle. Randolph makes it work because his wide body give him more space.

  • HoosierGrampy

    Believe you’d find that the real fans in Lawrence treated this past season much the same as we did with our 1974-75 team…really good group of talent–right up to the Pur-who game when Scott May broke his arm. Who in his right mind would dis a coach for the loss of a key player because of an injury?

  • ForeverIU

    We had a key injured player too against Syracuse. Hulls.

  • ForeverIU

    I upvoted your first comment, but are you saying we are more rotten as fans than KU fans?

  • ForeverIU

    Oh la la, Alford putting himself in the shoes of Crean supporters. What compassion!

  • notfargj

    by no means at all.

  • HoosierGrampy

    Yes we did, and he was largely ineffective but CTC still played him. I bet Mo and Remy liked that decision a lot…js.

  • ForeverIU

    Interesting perspective. But imagine if we’d lost the game without Hulls in the line-up. It’s a no-win for CTC, lol.

  • HoosierGrampy

    If memory serves me reasonably well, RMK started May and Henderson when they were injured. However, he didn’t ride either horse for long as each proved to be just a shadow of how he played when healthy. Lost both of those games, but at least he tried options. Remy did more in 10 minutes than Jordan did all night. Mo not so much in his 1 minute on the court. All that’s in the rear-view mirror now.