Former Tiger Jalen Duren works out for Blazers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) — With the NBA Draft set to begin in just over two weeks, NBA teams are stepping up their training sessions for players they’ll be spending their coveted picks on. The Portland Trail Blazers select in the Coveted Draft Lottery.

That’s where former Memphis Tigers center Jalen Duren wants to be.

The Blazers brought the 6’10” man out for a solo workout Monday in Portland. The American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year is predicted by most mock drafts to be solidly selected in the lottery, anywhere from No. 7, where the Blazers pick, to No. 11.

The Blazers consider him an ultra-athlete candidate who can become an impact defender in the NBA.

They believe his offense is still in the early stages of development. Duren says he’s not picky about how an NBA team would use him.

“Oh no, I don’t care. I feel like I can come in and play any position that any coach wants me to do,” Duren said. “I just want to keep working on my game. Become the player I want to be. I’m only 18 now. I know I have a lot to grow. Keep trying to make progress. I wouldn’t have made that jump if I thought I wasn’t ready mentally, physically and technically. I love being challenged. That’s why I went to college early. Understand I have to get to the next level. I sat down with my family and decided this was the right move for me.”

And the right move could be in Portland. The NBA draft is on June 23rd.

Copyright 2022 WMC. All rights reserved.

click here to sign up for our newsletter!

click here to report a spelling or grammatical error. Please enter the title.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.