Utah has seen a lot of talented college basketball players over the past couple of years, but where are they now? Let’s discuss who these players are, where they are now, and whether or not they are ready to make the next step into the NBA.
Collinsworth left BYU as the all-time leader in rebounds, which is quite the accomplishment for a guard if you ask me. Collinsworth was one of those players that did it all, he could score, pass, rebound, and was athletic enough to play against bigger players. He is also the NCAA record holder for most triple doubles in a season (6) and career (10). Since leaving BYU, Collinsworth has been invited to play in the summer league with the Dallas Mavericks, and is set to make his debut with the team July 9th in Las Vegas at 10:00 PM ET.
NBA Ready? – Yes. Collinsworth has great size and athletic ability. I think he will land on an NBA roster before the season starts.
Taylor finished his senior year at Utah averaging just under 10 PPG, 2 RPG, and 4 APG. He was known as a clutch three-point shooter, and was the heartbeat of the team. Taylor has received an invite to play in the summer league with the Atlanta Hawks and is set to make his debut tonight, July 8th, in Las Vegas at 8:00 PM ET.
NBA Ready? – No. Taylor had a great college career, but I would be surprised if he made an NBA roster by this year. I think he will need some time spent in the D-League and possibly over seas.
Poeltl was drafted 9th overall in this years draft by the Toronto Raptors, where he will be joining former Utah teammate Delon Wright. Poeltl had a standout year his final year with the Utes, where he averaged 17 PPG and 9 RPG. Toronto, who just lost backup center Bismack Biyombo to free agency, will look to utilize Poeltl this year and give him quality minutes. He is set to make his summer league debut tonight at 10:00 PM ET in Las Vegas.
NBA Ready? – Yes. Poeltl will most likely play decent rookie minutes this year because of the Raptors need at Center. Expect him to have a good rookie year.
Jimmer is quite possibly the most famous college basketball player to come out of the state of Utah. He had a very impressive college career with BYU, and was drafted 10th overall in the 2011 NBA draft. Jimmer played for the Kings his first 3 years in the league, and has since played for 3 other teams over the past 4 years. He most recently played for the Westchester Knicks, who are the D-League affiliate for the New York Knicks. He received a summer league invite to play with the Denver Nuggets, and is set to make his debut tonight in Las Vegas at 8:30 PM ET.
NBA Ready? – Yes. A lot of fans out there might disagree with me on this one, but hear me out. I know Jimmer is undersized and not the most athletic guy. He is also a poor defender and can’t guard larger guards. But the guy can straight up score and shoot! There are plenty of guys on NBA rosters that have a lower skill set than Jimmer. For example: Joe Ingles! I say, give the man another chance and let him shoot!
Davies had a great college career with BYU. Since going un-drafted in 2013, he has played for the Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets. After being waived by the Nets in 2015, he has played for 3 teams in Europe. Davies is hoping to make a return to the NBA, and received an invite to play in summer league with the Detroit Pistons. He played in 2 summer league games with the Pistons where he averaged 6.5 PPG, 5 RPG, and 1 APG.
NBA Ready? – Maybe. Davies has the big, athletic frame that NBA teams are looking for. But has he improved his game enough to make a comeback to the NBA? I guess we will have to wait and see.
Bolomboy had a stand out season with Weber State last year. He averaged 17 PPG and 12 RPG. He was projected to be a late first-round pick in this years draft, but slid in the draft to mid-second round where the Jazz selected him with the 52nd overall pick. Bolomboy has great athleticism and can jump out of the gym. He has a 40 inch vert, which is great for a guy that stands as tall as 6’9. Bolomboy has played in 3 summer league games for the Jazz so far, but has only been able to muster up 3.7 PPG and 2.7 RPG in 15 MPG.
NBA Ready? – Yes. I know Bolomboy has been a let down so far in summer league, but I think that with more experience he will continue to improve his game. He has great size and athleticism, and can be a valuable asset to any team in the NBA. However, I could possibly see him going to the Salt Lake City Stars for a year before playing with the Jazz.
Haws finished his career with BYU as the all time scoring leader with 2,720 total points, and career average of 19.6 PPG. However, after his final year with BYU, he went un-drafted. He got a summer league invite from the Cavaliers during summer of 2015, but he eventually ended up not getting any NBA offers and signed with Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro in Spain. In his first year in Spain he averaged 7.9 PPG, where he averaged 51% shooting, and 33% from 3.
NBA Ready? – No. Haws can shoot very well and can light up the score board when he chooses to do so. But so far in Spain he has been very inconsistent and not been able to play nearly as well as he did at BYU.
– Jesse Thayne