Dennis Schroeder Certainly an Option for Utah Jazz in First Round of 2013 NBA Draft

By Michael Terrill
Dennis Schroeder Certainly an Option for Utah Jazz in First Round of 2013 NBA Draft
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The Utah Jazz have two picks in the first round (14th, 21st) of the 2013 NBA Draft. One of those selections must be a point guard as that is clearly the position that must be improved the most next season. There are several talented point guards available in the draft, which means it will just be a matter of who is available when the 14th overall selection comes along. One player in particular that could certainly be an option is Germany’s Dennis Schroeder.

The 19-year-old is considered to be one of the more talented guards in the draft, which was not always the case. In fact, Schroeder could have gone unnoticed if it were not for him putting up 18 points and six assists against the U.S. junior national team earlier this year.

Utah worked out Schroeder recently and certainly liked what they saw. The Jazz did point out that he struggled a bit in the work outs, but he was able to finish on a strong note. The organization was aware that Utah was the sixth team trying Schroeder out. Not to mention, he is not used to being away from Germany for a lengthy period in which the time change is certainly starting to get to him.

Schroeder believes he performed at a high level during the work out and that there was not much more he could show the Jazz.

“I think it went very well for me,” said Schroeder, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. “We practiced hard — [all] six guys. We gave everything on the floor.”

Schroeder is not the most athletic point guard in the draft, but he is an outstanding defensive player with tremendous upside. He is very quick, which serves him well on both sides of the court. The fact is Utah is not used to seeing a defensive-minded point guard, which is something the team could definitely use.

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