- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Utah Jazz likened Enes Kanter to a “bull in a china shop,” one they felt fortunate to grab with the No. 3 overall pick in Thursday night’s NBA draft.

Though they didn’t land local star Jimmer Fredette, who ended up being a top-10 pick, Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor said Colorado guard Alec Burks is another player who likes contact and will only get better.

“We got some size and feel both kids can get better,” O’Connor said of the 6-11 Kanter and 6-6 Burks, both 19. “We added a couple of more pieces that we can grow with what we’ve got.”

The Jazz could have four players 21 or younger in their rotation next season, with Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward expected to improve even more from their rookie season.

In Kanter, the Jazz get their coveted big man, especially considering the injury issues that have plagued Mehmet Okur.

Kanter’s raw skills and NBA size made him the top-rated center in the draft, though he also can play power forward.

He is a bit of a mystery as he hasn’t played basketball in nearly a year after being ruled ineligible at Kentucky.

“It was so difficult because I couldn’t play,” said Kanter, who is from Turkey. “I still didn’t give up. I knew in the end I would be fine.”

Kanter showed flashes at the 2010 Nike Hoops Summit, scoring 34 points for the World Team to break Dirk Nowitzki’s record (33). He also was Most Valuable Player for the 2009 Turkish under 18 national team.

“I will bring the team toughness and post moves, rebounding, everything,” Kanter said. “I will try to do everything to make the playoffs.”

Five guards went before Burks, and the Jazz admitted there was still some debate within the organization on which player to take at No. 12.

Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said Burks‘ versatility to play the No. 2 guard and a little point guard was key. So was the improved shooting he showed at a workout Monday.

Burks averaged 20.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists for Colorado as a sophomore last year.

While Fredette was a guy who could bomb 3s from anywhere, Burks is more of a shooting guard who can rebound and defend, with a 36-inch vertical jump. He hit better than 50 percent of his shots overall but less than 30 percent from 3-point range.

He said he knows he can work to improve that part of his game.

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