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Russian center Artem Klimenko a 'very intriguing' prospect for Jazz

Artem Klimenko has a lot to work on — starting with his English.

But while the 7-foot Russian need a translator to get through his interviews Thursday in Salt Lake City, the center is still a "very intriguing" prospect for the Utah Jazz, who own the 23rd and 35th picks in this month's draft.

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"He moves well. Shot the ball extremely well from 18-20 feet. A guy you kind of look at and see what he may be in a couple years," said Jazz VP of Player Personnel Walt Perrin.

Klimenko can run the floor well for a big man, has decent touch around the rim and could be a pick-and-pop center.

But at 242 pounds, he's got to get stronger.

"The thing you find out about a lot of European guys is they don't believe in the weight training program that we do here in the United States," Perrin said. "So most of them are a little bit behind strength-wise."

Perrin added, "Whether you stash him or not, that's a question you have to answer later. But he is an intriguing player for the future."

— Aaron Falk



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