Klay Thompson says Jazz workout went well
Cleaning out an NBA pre-draft notebook:-Washington State's Klay Thompson said Monday's workout with the Jazz, which included going 3-on-3 with the other participants and "a lot of shooting," went well."It was good," he said. "It wasn't too tough. ... I shot decent. I could have made a few more shots. But overall, pretty good."-Thompson averaged 19.6 points and 5.2 rebounds last season at Washington State. He is the son of Mychal Thompson, who spent 12 seasons in the NBA with Portland and the L.A. Lakers.Thompson is projected to be picked anywhere from seventh to 14th in the first round of the draft. He will be in the "green room" on Thursday night."I feel good about it," he said. "I'm excited about going to New York City. It's a dream come true and I've been waiting my whole life for it."Asked if he would like to play in Utah, Thompson said, "Anywhere in the NBA would interest me. But this would be a fun place to play. I got to play with Gordon Hayward [before] so I know his game. I know they have a great fan base here. "-Thompson also worked out with Colorado's Alec Burks, Mississippi's Zach Graham, Boston University's John Holland, Arkansas's Delvon Johnson and St. Louis' Willie Reed.Like Thompson, Burks is considered a likely lottery pick. His strength, he said, is "... versatility. I can be a 'one' or a 'two.' And I can get to the rim whenever I want to. That's what the Jazz love about me."Burks has been "working all summer" to improve his outside shooting: "I've been shooting jumpers all day. That's all you've got to do. Everybody knows I can get to the rim. I've just got to prove I can shoot the threes and I believe I did that" in his workout with the Jazz.-Will BYU's Jimmer Fredette be drafted by the Jazz? How would be cope with the pressure of playing in front of the fans who witnessed his sensational collegiate career?Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin had a few ideas on the subject:"It would be great for a kid like Jimmer to have an opportunity to play for the Jazz after having such great success at BYU. But there would be a lot of pressure on him, too, because now the expectations are so high. The expectations would be to succeed like he did in college, which may or may not happen because the talent level is so different. There would be a mark on his chest every night, stepping out on the floor against pro guys and not against college guys. So it would be tough for him. But you know what? If you're a competitor, you look forward to the challenge and opportunity."Former University of Utah star Pace Mannion spent two seasons with the Jazz (1984-86). He knows about the expectations of playing in front of fans who followed him in college."The pressure isn't only on the player," Mannion said. "There will be pressure from the fans, who will want to see him play and there will be pressure on coach Corbin. If Jimmer comes in and pans out, great. No problem. But if he comes in and he's mediocre, there are still going to be fans who want to see him play."-Fredette led the nation in scoring, but that isn't a guarantee of success at the next level.Going back to 2000, the only collegiate scoring champion who has found a niche in the NBA is Golden State's Stephen Curry.The others have struggled. It's a group that includes Houston's Aubrey Coleman, VMI's Reggie Williams, Gonzaga's Adam Morrison, St, Peter's Keyden Clark, New Mexico's Ruben Douglas, VMI's Jason Conley, Centenary's Ronnie McCollum and Fresno State's Courtney Alexander.The ability to score in college, it seems, does not automatically carry over to the NBA. -For a story in the new issue of ESPN the Magazine, players on the roster of each of the 14 lottery teams in did the drafting.Al Jefferson did the honors for the Jazz, and he picked UConn point guard Kemba Walker at No. 3 and seven-foot Lithuanian forward Donatas Motiejunas at No. 12. Steve Luhm
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