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Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert earns summer league honor

Published: Sunday, July 20 2014 9:55 p.m. MDT

Rudy Gobert, 27, Utah Jazz Head Shots Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, 2013-14. (Handout, Deseret News) Rudy Gobert, 27, Utah Jazz Head Shots Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, 2013-14. (Handout, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz organization and fans weren't the only ones to appreciate what second-year center Rudy Gobert did in Las Vegas last week.

The 7-foot-1 big man was named to the All-NBA Summer League second team after averaging 11.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in four games.

"All around, I feel better defensively, because I feel stronger offensively," said Gobert, who's returning to France on Monday to begin training with the national team for the World Cup competition. "I feel just more confident. I like the way we play."

Wizards shooting guard Glen Rice Jr. was a unanimous selection as MVP for putting up a summer league-high of 25 points in six games. He also averaged 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 steals.

Other first-teamers included Chicago's Doug McDermotte and Tony Snell, Houston's Donatas Motiejunas and Washington's Otto Porter. Gobert was joined on the second team by New York's Tim Hardaway, Jr., Philadelphia's Jordan McRae, New Orleans' Russ Smith and Phoenix's T.J. Warren.

Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert (27) dunks against Milwaukee Bucks' JaJuan Johnson (25) during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Monday, July 14, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) (John Locher, AP) Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert (27) dunks against Milwaukee Bucks' JaJuan Johnson (25) during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Monday, July 14, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) (John Locher, AP)

Sacramento, coached by new Kings assistant Tyrone Corbin, will face the Rockets on Monday night for the 2014 NBA Summer League title.

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