SALT LAKE CITY -- It's just basketball, just a chance to play and compete with some of the best NBA draft prospects in the world.
Sure it's also a job interview, but to former BYU standout Brandon Davies, working out for the Utah Jazz on Saturday was, above everything else, a fun experience.
"There's a lot of guys I talk to in and out of these workouts, a lot of guys are tired or getting sick of them," Davies said. "But for me it's a dream come true. It's all fun to me and the more opportunities the better. There's a lot of people who wish they were in my position."
Daives, who averaged 12.4 points and 6.2 rebounds over four seasons with the Cougars, was one of 12 players who participated in workouts at the Zions Bank Basketball Center.
With the NBA draft set for June 27, the Jazz have been evaluating dozens of prospects they might take with the Nos. 14, 21 and 46 picks.
Davies is considered to be a possible second-round pick.
Saturday was Davies' eighth predraft workout. He has five remaining.
"It's been a blessing just to be invited to them," he said.
At 6-9 and 235 pounds Davies is a power forward who can also play center. He is an athletic post player who can score and rebounds.
He was named MVP of the 2013 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, averaging 20.7 points and 9.3 rebounds.
His success at the Portsmouth raised his standing with scouts and NBA team executives.
"Honestly, I think that's what put my foot in the door and opened things up," he said. "It definitely put me on the radar if I wasn't already."
During most individual workouts, teams put players through a series of drills and scrimmages. In interviews with team personnel, players are also asked specific questions designed to glean insights as to who they are as people.
Davies said he has enjoyed that process and has used it to gather information about himself.
"After each interview I asked them what they think I can work on to improve," he said. "They're all basic, pretty similar. Just get stronger, get faster and make sure my shot gets better."
Jazz player personnel director Walt Perrin said there's a place for Davies in the NBA.
"I think because of being the most valuable player at Portsmouth, being invited to Chicago (for the draft combine) and doing these workouts, I think people are looking at him in a different light than they were earlier," Perrin said.
If Davies isn't drafted, there's a chance the Jazz will have interest in him as a free agent invitee to their summer league team, Perrin said.
"I would think as an organization, yes, we would go after him," he said.
NBA teams are sometimes cautious of drafting players who have played for local college programs, simply because it creates added pressure for the player.
Perrin said that is always a consideration, however, some players' talent is too good to pass up.
"I think it all depends on the person," he said. "Some people can handle it and some can't. Personally, I am of the opinion that it sometimes (creates) too much pressure on local players. I'm not saying that just because it's here."
Perrin used the example of Chicago-area high school standout Eddy Curry, who was drafted by the Bulls with the fourth overall pick in 2001.
"Extreme pressure on him and he couldn't handle it, I don't think," he said.
* JAZZ NOTES: The Jazz's unprecedented string of pre-draft workouts continues on Sunday with six new players who will meet at Zions Bank Basketball Center.
The group comes on the heels of a dozen players who met with the Jazz on Saturday.
Today's group includes former Utah Utah Will Clyburn (6-foot-7), who concluded his college career at Iowa State, and Oregon forward Kyle Singler (6-6).
The others are forwards Robert Covington (6-9, Tennessee State) and Adonis Thomas (6-7, Memphis), as well as guards Troy Daniels (6-4, VCU) and Rodney McGruder (6-4, Kansas State).