I remember attending a Deseret Duel matchup between BYU & Utah and saw one of the better, more exciting games of the college basketball season. The stars for each respective team were battling back and forth. Luke Nevill from Utah was dominating the paint, scoring 32 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. On the other side, Lee Cummard was virtually hitting every shot he put up. Cummard finished with 23 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 assists and a block, while shooting 3-3 from the 3-line. Both players were uncanny and exceptional. The game went into overtime where Utah finally pulled it out (much to my excitement being a Utah fan and graduate).
Truthfully, I came away from that game thinking... "I just witnessed two of the better players to ever suit-up for each respective team." Now clearly, Nevill is no Andrew Bogut -Bogut was much more skilled and talented, with scouts drooling over his every movement- when playing for the Utes. However, Nevill has incredible size (7'1"), length and touch around the basket. He dramatically improved as a rebounder (9 rpg) and shot-blocker (2.7 bpg) when coached by Jim Boylen... to the point where he was a legitimate beast playing in the low post (17 ppg).
Cummard, in like matter, may actually be one the best players to suit up for BYU. In recent memory, and in my opinion, I believe he was a better college player than Trent Plaisted, Mark Bigelow, Rafa Araujo, Travis Hansen, Mekeli Wesley and anyone else to play for the Cougs. He was extremely versatile and talented. His shooting numbers were impressive for a wing player (52% FG and 39% from 3). It would seem like his skill set could translate over to the NBA.
Finally, the other local player who may be getting overlooked is Gary Wilkinson from Utah State. Wilkinson had one of the most overlooked and underrated seasons of any local star. Not only does he possess good size (6'9", 240 lbs), but he also can play both inside the paint and outside beyond the arc. He scored 17 ppg and posted 7 rpg, while shooting 58% from the field. While other Aggie stars had more heralded careers, Wilkinson possessed the size and strength for the next level that the others (Spencer Nelson & Jacee Carroll) didn't have.
I'll go on record as to say that "I will be shocked" if Luke Nevill isn't drafted next Thursday. Every team needs size... and Nevill has it. In addition, I wouldn't be surprised if Lee Cummard and Gary Wilkinson were drafted too.
As it relates to the Jazz, I'm not certain either one of these guys will get a good look. The Jazz are set with project centers, Koufos and Fesenko, while the wing/forward positions are relatively full... AK47, Harpring, Miles, Korver, Brewer etc.
Those the Jazz could choose in the 2nd Round: Nando De Colo, France; Patrick Beverley, Arkansas/Ukraine; AJ Price, UConn; Tyrese Rice, BC; Curis Jerrells, Baylor... mainly guards.