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Utah Jazz: Utah State's Jalen Moore has first pre-draft workout with the Jazz

Published April 30, 2016 6:55 pm

NBA • First workout for the USU forward comes close to home.
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Jalen Moore was sitting at home with his brother Grayson, enjoying a regular Friday night, when the call came.

"It was the Utah Jazz," Moore said. "They had someone pull out of a workout and they had a spot. The call came pretty late."

The phone rang at about 6:30 p.m. So Moore, the 6-foot-9 small forward from Utah State, hopped in his car in Logan and drove to Salt Lake. He then checked into a hotel and was up bright and early for a Saturday morning pre-draft workout with the Jazz at their facility.



For Moore, who grew up in Cache Valley, starred at Sky View and declared for June's NBA draft after his standout junior season, having the opportunity to strike up a relationship with the Jazz was something he couldn't pass on. He's been a Jazz fan all of his life and goes to games with his family regularly.

"It was a great experience," Moore said. "We started at around 8:15 a.m. and we did our testing. Then, we went through drills and shot around. I thought I shot the ball pretty well."

Saturday's workout was the first for the Jazz, who didn't make it public to the media. It was also the first for Moore, who has a workout scheduled for next weekend with the Boston Celtics. He also has a workout scheduled with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Moore wasn't invited to Chicago's pre-draft combine, but he's receiving interest from a myriad of different teams.

"I'm also hoping to schedule a workout with the Brooklyn Nets, and I would go there on the Boston trip," Moore said. "The phone has been ringing, so we'll just have to see what happens."

Many players like Moore are taking advantage of the new rule that allows one to withdraw from the draft as late as May 25th. That means Moore can go through workouts, form relationships, put his name on the radar and figure out what he needs to work on, should he return to school.

Moore, who hasn't hired an agent, told The Tribune he remains neutral in this regard. Still, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him return to Utah State, where he would be the centerpiece as a senior for the Aggies on both ends of the court.

As a junior, Moore averaged 15 points and six rebounds on a rebuilding USU squad, making third-team All-Mountain West in the process. Should he return to school, he is on track to become one of the top-10 scorers in Utah State history.

One advantage to returning for Moore will be the opportunity to play small forward — his likely NBA position — on a regular basis for the first time in his collegiate career. Moore played power forward out of need in his first two seasons as an Aggie. He switched to small forward at the tail end of last year.

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