Walt Perrin Rumors
In 10 months, Mitchell’s life has taken a 180-degree turn. For those following, his rise has become legendary as the subject of many profiles starting with a pre-draft workout at the Jazz practice facility last summer. “As you look back at it and say, ‘OK, you had an inkling of what he could do but we’re all surprised what he did,’” said Walt Perrin, Utah’s vice president of player personnel.
To his credit, Jeremy Senglin, the Wildcats’ all-time leading scorer and the Big Sky Conference’s most prolific 3-point shooter in history, made the most of his opportunity to audition for the team he’s cheered on for years. “He looked good,” Jazz vice president of player personnel Walt Perrin said. “He shot it pretty well like we knew he did. He competed really hard, played pretty good defense. I thought he had a pretty good workout.”
That’s Senglin’s attitude, too. He’s determined to persevere and push his way into an opportunity to play at the highest level as Lillard, Bolomboy, Eddie Gill and Harold Arceneaux have been able to do from Utah’s oft-overlooked NBA pipeline. “If I don’t hear my name on draft night, that’s not the end of the road. You still have summer camp, mini-camps, a lot of other things as well,” Senglin said. “Everybody wants to hear their name called, but it’s not the breaking point or the end if you don’t. I’m ready for it. I’m never going to get anything handed to me, so I’m ready to just fight for everything.”
The Jazz own the 42nd and 55th picks in the second round as well. “The pool is a little bit wider,” Perrin said. “I’m still trying to get guys in that I think are late teens in agents’ eyes but maybe they’re in our (range). I’m having problems doing that, but I think it’s been good that we have four picks this year … we’ve got basically the whole draft covered except for maybe the top 18 players.”
After rumor spilled this week that the Utah Jazz had “guaranteed” Michigan prospect D.J. Wilson they would take him in the NBA Draft if he dropped to the 30th overall pick, vice president of player personnel Walt Perrin had his say on Saturday afternoon. “Did not happen,” he said. “Did not happen at all. I don’t know where he got that from.”
“If we tell a guy we’re going to take him guaranteed, which we don’t do very often if at all, we will follow through on that honor and our word,” he said. “It does put you at somewhat of a disadvantage because if someone comes to you with a great trade, you’ve made your commitment to that player, so you can’t trade. … We try to keep our flexibility.” So just how many guarantees have the Jazz given in Perrin’s 16 years? “Since I’ve been here? None.”