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Notes: Bucks interview Notre Dame's Demetrius Jackson; John Hammond sees draft depth; Jabari Parker chosen for USA Basketball Select Team

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There's no doubt the Milwaukee Bucks will be taking a long look at some of the guards in this year's NBA Draft class. Facing uncertainty long-term at starting point guard and three reserve guards set to hit free agency, the Bucks could go young when they address their backcourt depth this summer.

Notre Dame point guard Demetrius Jackson is a possible addition. Jackson was one of a handful of players to interview with Bucks officials during the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. Jackson, 21, is a quick, athletic and strong guard projected to go in the bottom of the lottery to the middle portion of the first-round. His athleticism was certainly on display last week, posting a 43 1/2 on the max vertical leap at the combine, which was one of the best marks in the history of the event.

Some other notable players to talk with the Bucks: Florida State's Malik Beasley, Michigan State's Deyonta Davis, Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon, Washington's Marquese Chriss, Vanderbilt's Wade Baldwin IV and Utah's Jakob Poelti. Maryland's Melo Trimble is scheduled to workout for the team, according to Adam Zagoria.

Hammond sees depth in draft class

General manager John Hammond hinted to Charles Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that it's too early to focus on the Bucks' needs and that they could select the best player available at its projected No. 10 spot. That strategy could be very beneficial. Unless the Bucks have a player they really fall in love with, this is one of those drafts where you just take the most talented player and worry about that player's potential fit later.

"We're in a position with our first-round pick that we're going to have some good options," Hammond told Gardner.

"I think the draft is deep enough with our second-round picks, we can potentially get a player there also. Look at the history of the draft, and there are second-round picks that have been all-stars.

"You go through the draft and work diligently at it and hope for good results."

Jabari invited for USA Select Team

One of the perks of playing for Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski is that somewhere down the line, he'll probably give you a chance to play for Team USA — or against them. Bucks forward Jabari Parker is getting that opportunity.

According to the Racine Journal Times, Parker has been invited to participate with the Select Team this summer in Las Vegas. The Select Team is a roster complied of young rising basketball players that will compete and practice against the men's national team as they prepare for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

Utah's Rodney Hood — another Krzyzewski disciple — has also been invited to participate.

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