SALT LAKE CITY — Utah and Austria basketball fans know Jakob Poeltl.
Now the rest of the hoops world is catching up.
Thanks to his play against the Golden State Warriors on NBA-TV, the former Ute standout introduced himself to the internet on Wednesday night.
The 22-year-old made quite a first impression — a good first impression for newcomers to the Poeltl bandwagon, mind you. Poeltl finished with 10 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block as Toronto challenged Golden State before falling 117-112.https://twitter.com/IanLewis12/status/923414493811658752
With Toronto big men Jonas Valanciunas and Lucas Nogueira out with ankle injuries, Poeltl is seizing the playing opportunity.
The 7-footer, who's averaging 9.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks, even managed to impress Warriors star Draymond Green.
"(Curse words)!" Green said in an interview with The Athletic. "Poeltl had 11 offensive rebounds?"
Curse words, indeed.
Poeltl, who saw action in just 54 games as a rookie, even grabbed three on the defensive glass for a career-high night on the boards.
Poeltl notched his first NBA double-double earlier this week by scoring 10 points with 12 rebounds against San Antonio. That rebounding total was his career-high until Wednesday. He established a new career-best in scoring Saturday with 14 points against the Sixers.
Poeltl, the 2016 Pac-12 Player of the Year, leads the Raptors in field-goal percentage (68 percent) and total blocked shots (seven).
Poeltl's old Utah teammate Delon Wright is also contributing for the Raptors. Wright, the 20th pick of the 2015 draft, is averaging 9.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists an outing in a reserve role for Toronto.https://twitter.com/FoxOnABox_/status/923406032851759104
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By the way, the NBA's Twitter account even gave Poeltl some love.