Jared Berggren putting in work for NBA scouts

The recent Wisconsin grad has worked out in Phoenix and Portland this week.

DraftExpress caught up with Jared Berggren recently to quiz him on how preparation is going for the next step in his career. Berggren's shot release to the side of his head isn't the prettiest, but damn if he doesn't make sinking five straight 3-pointers look easy in this video.

Since graduating in May, Berggren has emerged from his workout bunker in Chicago, battling against players like Mason Plumlee and Luke Harangody, to attend several different pre-draft workouts for NBA teams.

On Wednesday, Berggren was in Phoenix (more video here) after working out for Portland on Monday. Prior to that, Berggren also worked out for the home state Timberwolves, though Minnesota's president of basketball operations Flip Saunders only characterized his Brooklyn Nets workout as "OK."

"He's a unique player," said Saunders, who spoke before Berggren worked out Tuesday night. "What he's hoping is that he's a stretch four. What he can do is he can play the power forward spot and knock down threes. That's his formula to having an opportunity to make it into this league."

It appears the players Berggren is up against for camp invites in these workouts are prospects like Oregon's E.J. Singler and BYU's Brandon Davies.

We've seen this story already with other former Badgers. I'm sure Berggren isn't holding his breath for a call on June 27 during the NBA Draft, but everything he's doing now helps prepare him for a club in Europe to give him a shot or start his longer, winding road to the NBA through the D-League.

Follow Berggren's travels on his Twitter @jberggren40.

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