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Jazz Sign Jack Cooley to a Second 10-Day Contract

by Bill Lea

SALT LAKE CITY (March 16, 2015) – The Utah Jazz announced the team has signed forward Jack Cooley of the Jazz’s NBA Development League affiliate, the Idaho Stampede, to a second 10-day contract.  Cooley signed his first 10-day with the Jazz on Feb. 24 and appeared in one Jazz game, scoring four points in two minutes at Denver on Feb. 27, before rejoining the Stampede.

Cooley (6-9, 246, Notre Dame) appeared in 20 games for the Stampede this season, averaging 16.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.3 blocks in 30.8 minutes per contest.  On March 13, Cooley set a new D-League single-game record by grabbing 29 rebounds vs. Los Angeles D-Fenders, adding 27 points while going 11-of-14 from the floor (78.6 percent).  Over his last three games, Cooley averaged 22.7 points on 65.9 percent shooting (27-of-41) and 22.7 rebounds per game with the Stampede.  He recorded 13 double-doubles, including four straight since returning to the D-League.  He scored in double figures on 17 occasions and recorded 20-plus points in six games. 

Cooley attended 2014 training camp with the Jazz, averaging 3.5 points and 3.0 rebounds in 5.8 minutes in two preseason games.  He was waived on Oct. 22.

The 23-year-old forward played for Trabzonspor in the Turkish Basketball League during the 2013-14 season, averaging 12.6 points and 6.9 rebounds in 22.9 minutes in 28 games (19 starts). 

Cooley played four years at Notre Dame (2009-13), averaging 13.1 points and 10.1 rebounds during his senior season.  He also led the team with 41 blocked shots and earned 2013 All-Big East First Team honors.  Cooley totaled 32 double-doubles throughout his career with the Fighting Irish, including 19 his senior campaign.  He also earned the 2012 Big East Most Improved Player award and was named to the 2012 All-Big East Second Team.

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