The 4 best fits for the Utah Jazz from the NCAA's Final Four teams

The Utah Jazz should keep an eye on the NCAA's Final Four.

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Purdue Braden Smith

If Braden Smith were six inches taller, it's likely he'd be a first-round pick, but sadly, the Purdue guard is only 6'0, if he's lucky. Due to the NBA having a thing for tall players, there's not a lot of chance that Smith gets drafted. That said, he should. He's truly the engine that gives the Purdue Boilermakers the ability to play like they do.

It's not a coincidence that Zach Edey broke out as a junior when Smith arrived on campus. He's been able to not only open up the floor spacing, thanks to his 41% shot from three-point range, but he's a potential triple-double threat a night. He's averaging 12 points, 7.5 assists, and nearly 6 rebounds per night. All with shooting splits of .450/.439/.797 on the season.

What makes his game even more special is the fact that he's probably the best defender on the team, rocking a defensive rating of 99.5 over his first two seasons, while having a defensive box plus-minus of 4.1 over that same span.

He's not projected to go in the NBA Draft as of right now and there's every chance that he doesn't declare for the draft, but should he do so, like with Sears and Horne, the Jazz should keep an eye on him. If he goes undrafted, then the Jazz would be wise to scoop him up and add him to their G-League roster to see what he could develop into.

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