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Jeremy Evans to Participate in Junior Jazz Road Trips

Jeremy Evans to Participate in Junior Jazz Road Trips
Jazz draft pick will cover five states and over 4,000 miles during 26th annual trip.

SALT LAKE CITY (July 22, 2010) – The Utah Jazz announced today that the team’s 2010 second-round draft pick, forward Jeremy Evans (55th overall), will take part in this summer’s annual Junior Jazz road trip, a barnstorming tour in which he will conduct 42 basketball clinics covering 4,000 miles across five states over three weeks between July 26 and August 13.

“Giving back to our communities is extremely important to us,” said Jazz president Randy Rigby. “Junior Jazz road trips have become an annual tradition and we are excited that this year Jeremy will have the opportunity to visit with Jazz fans throughout the Intermountain Region.”

The 2010 edition of the Junior Jazz road trips mark the 26th year the Jazz have conducted the events, which feature Jazz players running hour-long basketball clinics for kids in participating Junior Jazz towns across Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. Following the clinics, Evans will sign autographs and pose for pictures. Former Jazz greats Karl Malone and John Stockton, in addition to current Jazzmen Kyrylo Fesenko and C.J. Miles, are among the many Jazz players to have participated in the Junior Jazz trips over the years. The Junior Jazz program is the largest and longest-running youth basketball league in the NBA and the Jazz is the only team in the NBA to conduct a summer tour.

The initial week will feature Evans running Junior Jazz clinics in 13 cities across the western and southern portions of Utah from July 26 to July 30. Then from August 3-7, Evans will host clinics in 14 cities in the eastern and southeastern portions of Utah, followed by an additional 14 cities in Idaho, Utah and Wyoming over the course of the third and final week (August 9-13). A complete schedule of the Junior Jazz tours is found below.

About Junior Jazz
Junior Jazz, the longest-running youth basketball league in the NBA, has been shaping the face of local amateur sports for the past 27 years. Beginning with only 7,133 participants in its initial year, the popular program has grown to the largest in the NBA with 55,000 players and an additional 13,000 volunteers who take part each year. First-graders through 12th-graders are eligible to participate, and individual programs are managed through recreation centers in Utah, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Wyoming. Junior Jazz programs promote sportsmanship, fundamental athletic development and having fun.

Each Jazz player participates in one-to-two Junior Jazz clinics per year, visiting both local and outlying districts, where they speak to youth and conduct a total of 15 basketball clinics along the Wasatch Front each season.

In 2006, Junior Jazz launched a good sportsmanship initiative that recognizes and rewards kids, coaches and parents for being good sports. This year’s sportsmanship winners attended a party on February 23, 2010, where Jazz guard/forward C.J. Miles and Jazz Bear ran a basketball clinic and individual sportsmanship winners were honored.

Notable alumni of the Junior Jazz leagues include current NFL players Kevin Curtis (Philadelphia) and Brady Poppinga (Green Bay), former Brigham Young University and NBA players Shawn Bradley and Travis Hansen, ex-University of Utah star and NFL player Kevin Dyson, American Idol finalist David Archuletta and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter DaMarques Johnson.

About Jeremy Evans
Evans (6-9, 196, Western Kentucky) was a second-round selection (55th overall) of the Utah Jazz in the 2010 NBA Draft. During the 2009-10 season, the forward appeared in 34 games (all starts) for the Hilltoppers, averaging 10.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. He led the Sun Belt Conference in field goal percentage (64.9) his senior season and left Western Kentucky as the school’s all-time field goal percentage leader at .693. He also finished his four-year WKU career as the school’s all-time leader in blocked shots (224).

The 22-year-old became just the second player in WKU history with 1,000 points, 750 rebounds and 200 blocks and was honored with the Danny Rumph Outstanding Teammate Award. As a sophomore, he was named the Most Valuable Player of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, following his averages of 13.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game while shooting 78.9 percent (15-of-19) from the floor. Evans concluded his four-year collegiate career having played a total of 134 games, averaging 7.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks, while shooting .639 from the field and .364 from three-point range. He majored in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in art at Western Kentucky.

The Crossett, Ark., native is the first-ever Utah Jazz draft selection from Western Kentucky and the 43rd NBA player ever drafted out of WKU. Evans and New Jersey’s Courtney Lee are the only WKU players selected in the NBA Draft since 1996.

2010 JUNIOR JAZZ ROAD TRIPS SCHEDULE
(all times Mountain)

Week 1 (July 26 – July 30)

Date

Clinic Time - Location

Clinic Time – Location

Clinic Time - Location

Mon, July 26

10 a.m. – Dugway, UT

2 p.m. – West Wendover, NV

6 p.m. – Ely, NV

Tue, July 27

11 a.m. – Delta, UT

2 p.m. – Milford, UT

6 p.m. – St. George, UT

Wed, July 28

11 a.m. – Kanab, UT/Fredonia, AZ

4:30 p.m. – Tropic, UT

Thu, July 29

10 a.m. – Escalante, UT

3 p.m. – Salina, UT

5 p.m. – South Sevier, UT

Fri, July 30

11 a.m. – Beaver, UT

2 p.m. – Fillmore, UT

Week 2 ( August 3 – 7)

Date

Clinic Time - Location

Clinic Time – Location

Clinic Time - Location

Tue, August 3

11 a.m. – Tabiona, UT

1:30 p.m. – Altamont, UT

3:30 p.m. – Duchesne, UT

Wed, August 4

10 a.m. – Roosevelt, UT

1:30 p.m. – Price, UT

4 p.m. – Emery County, UT

Thu, August 5

10 a.m. – Green River, UT

1:30 p.m. – Monticello, UT

4 p.m. – Moab, UT

Fri, August 6

12:30 p.m. – Mt. Pleasant, UT

5 p.m. – Tremonton, UT

7 p.m. – Logan, UT

Sat, August 7

10 a.m. – Brigham City, UT

1:30 p.m. – Santaquin, UT

Week 3 (August 9 – 13)

Date

Clinic Time - Location

Clinic Time – Location

Clinic Time - Location

Mon, August 9

10 a.m. – Morgan, UT

1 p.m. – Malad, ID

5 p.m. – Pocatello, ID

Tues, August 10

10 a.m. – Shelley, ID

1:30 p.m. – Driggs, ID

Wed, August 11

11 a.m. – Pinedale, WY

1:30 p.m. – Big Piney, WY

5:30 p.m. – Lander, WY

Thu, August 12

11 a.m. – Rock Springs, WY

1 p.m. – Green River, WY

5 p.m. – Evanston, WY

Fri, August 13

10 a.m. – Kemmerer, WY

12 p.m. – Cokeville, WY

2:30 p.m. – Soda Springs, ID