Jazz Recalls Clark and Gobert
SALT LAKE CITY (January 13, 2014) – The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has recalled guard Ian Clark and center Rudy Gobert from its NBA Development League (D-League) affiliate, the Bakersfield Jam. Both are expected to be available for the Jazz’s game tonight vs. the Denver Nuggets at EnergySolutions Arena (7 p.m. MT, TV: ROOT Sports, Radio: 1280/97.5 The Zone).
This was the second assignment this season for both Clark and Gobert, who began their most recent stint with the Jam on January 4. During the latest assignment, Clark appeared in five games (all starts) and averaged 12.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 5.8 assists in 30.6 minutes. Gobert also saw action in five games (all starts), averaging 13.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.2 blocks while shooting .676 (23-34) from the floor in 24.6 minutes. The duo was previously assigned to Bakersfield from December 14-21.
Overall, in eight games (all starts) with the Jam this season, Clark has averaged 12.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 32.1 minutes, while Gobert has averaged 13.9 points, 11.4 rebounds and 3.0 blocks while shooting .741 (40-54) from the field in 27.0 minutes.
A 6-3, 173-pound guard out of Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., Clark was named 2013 NBA Summer League Championship Game Most Valuable Player and was signed by the Jazz as an undrafted rookie free agent on July 29. The 22-year-old has appeared in eight games as a reserve for the Jazz, averaging 2.8 points in 8.8 minutes.
Gobert, a 7-1, 245-pound center, was a 2013 first-round draft pick (27th overall) whose rights the Jazz acquired in a draft-night trade with Denver that sent the Nuggets the rights to the 46th overall pick and cash considerations. The 21-year-old native of Saint Quentin, France, has made 17 appearances for the Jazz in a reserve role, averaging 2.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 0.82 blocks in 10.7 minutes.
Clark and Gobert were the seventh and eighth different players in Jazz history to be assigned to the D-League. Other players on the current Jazz roster with D-League experience include Jeremy Evans, Diante Garrett and John Lucas III.