SALT LAKE CITY — Utah basketball fans will be familiar with quite a few players who are participating in a mini-camp leading up to the upcoming NBA Summer League.
For starters, All-Rookie point guard Trey Burke and new Jazz players Dante Exum and Rodney Hood are among 16 players who will begin four days of workouts in Utah on Tuesday afternoon.
Returning Jazz players Rudy Gobert, Ian Clark, Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy will also be in the group.
Two other basketball players with local ties — ex-Utah center Jason Washburn and former Weber State guard Nick Covington — are on the squad with hopes of making the cut ahead of Saturday's first game at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Other NBA hopefuls include: former Knicks guard/forward Mardy Collins, Temple guard Jerry Evans, UConn swingman Niels Giffey, Australian forward Brock Motum, Bradley guard Chris Roberts, Hungary center Greg Somogyi and Temple guard Khalif Wyatt.
The Jazz will hold closed practices on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday along with an open scrimmage Thursday night at EnergySolutions Arena.
Utah will likely make a few cuts before heading down to Las Vegas on Friday afternoon.
Though he's new to the Jazz, coach Quin Snyder said he'll observe the action and allow his assistants to do the coaching while in Las Vegas. Snyder recently hired three bench assistants — Brad Jones, Antonio Lang and Alex Jensen — and two player development coaches in Johnnie Bryant and Mike Wells.
Utah made another addition to the staff last week. Former Walsh University player Lamar Skeeter announced on his Twitter/Instagram accounts that he's been hired to help with player development and video. He worked in Atlanta last year with Snyder and helped with basketball operations in the D-League at Canton, Ohio, the previous season with Jensen, who was the Charge's coach at the time.Comment on this story
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TWEET OF THE DAY: Center Derrick Favors got a good reaction from Jazz fans Monday afternoon when he tweeted a picture of a bottle of shampoo called "Aussie" with the tweet: "A gift for the rook." Presumably, he was referring to Exum, who's from Melbourne, and not Motum, another Australian currently on Utah's roster.