SALT LAKE CITY -- Let the pre-draft season begin.
Although still unsure of where, exactly, they'll be picking in the 2013 NBA draft, the Jazz on Saturday brought in six hopefuls for workouts at the Zions Bank Basketball Center.
Point guards Myck Kabongo, from Texas; Nate Wolters, from South Dakota State and combo guard Michael Snaer, from Florida State, highlighted the group.
Colorado State 7-footer Colton Iverson; Delaware forward Jamelle Hagins and Long Beach State swingman James Ennis also took part.
The Jazz, who finished the 2012-13 season with a record of 43-39, missed the postseason by two games. They own two first-round picks in the upcoming draft, their own, which will fall somewhere between No. 1 and 14, and one once owned by Golden State, No. 21 overall.
The chances of Utah's lone lottery pick ending up as the top overall choice is just 0.5 percent.
The draft lottery will take place May 21. The draft itself is slated for June 27.
In a departure from recent protocol, no one from the team's basketball staff spoke with media after Saturday's workouts.
The players, however, were free to chat.
"All the pieces are here," said Kabongo, who played part of two seasons for the Longhorns. "They just need a couple of point guards. (This is) just me saying I want to learn. I want to come into an environment where we can learn and get better and obviously try and make the playoffs."
Yes, the Jazz have some nice young pieces on the roster, but they don't have a point guard under contract for the upcoming season.
Veterans Mo Williams, Jamaal Tinsley and Earl Watson will soon be free agents.
Utah has the cap room and the money to go after a free agent point guard in the off season.
However, scouting through the draft is also important for team officials.
As evidenced by what former Weber State star Damian Lillard did in Portland, a talented young floor leader -- even a rookie -- can have a major impact on a team.
It remains to be seen whether any of the players the Jazz looked at Saturday will have that sort of effect.
Kabongo is projected to be a late first or early second round pick, depending on the evaluations coming from this week's pre-draft camp in Chicago.
He averaged 9.6 points and 5.2 assists as a freshman during the 2011-12 season, but played only 11 games last season after an investigation into his relationship with an agent.
In those 11 games, Kabongo led the Longhorns in points (14.6) and assists (5.5).
Standing below the retired numbers of John Stockton, Karl Malone and others inside the gym at the ZBBC, Kabongo marveled at Jazz's history and the stability of the franchise.
"It's a first-class organization," he said. "John Stockton set the bar high (as did) The Mailman. This is a winning team, it's a winning franchise. They're used to winning so anything below that is a failure. You want to play at a place like that where there's a lot of expectations for to do great."
Wolters, 21, and Snaer, 23, are considered second-round possibilities by ESPN draft expert Chad Ford.
Wolters averaged 22.3 points, 5.8 assists and 5.6 rebounds at South Dakota State last season.
Snaer was three-time All-ACC selection at Florida State and was twice named a Defensive All-American.
He averaged 14.8 points and 4.5 assists last season.
"I know John Stockton played here," he said. "It's a great place to play. I would love to come here, I would love to play here."