"A Lot Of Confidence" | Hendricks And George Get Full Clearance, Will Be Ready For Training Camp

Ryan Kostecka
Digital Content Writer

For the most part, the summer couldn't have gone any better for Keyonte George. 

George more than lived up to the hype throughout his time in summer league, following being drafted by the Utah Jazz with the No. 16 overall pick in June,

After adjusting to the speed and physicality of the NBA game, George averaged 15.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game through three games in Salt Lake City. But then he broke out on the bigger stage, posting a double-double in his first game in Las Vegas en route to averaging 29.5 points and 8.5 assists in two games.

George was named First-Team All-Summer League after his performances.

"I'm trying to shape myself into that true point guard," George said in July. "At the end of the day, I know I can score but getting my teammates involved. … Making it easier for them is making it easier for me. Just getting each other the ball, playing together, and having fun. … The game is slowing down for me, and I'm gaining a lot of confidence in my work."

Unfortunately, his time was cut short when he suffered a sprained ankle against Denver. Not only did he miss the rest of the contest, but he was also out for Utah's final two games. 

While the injury wasn't deemed serious at the time, George was sidelined for the foreseeable future alongside his first-round teammates.

Taylor Hendricks and Brice Sensabaugh missed out on summer league action while dealing with various injuries of their own. 

Hendricks was still recovering from a hamstring strain suffered during pre-draft workouts, while Sensabaugh had left knee surgery in March. Although both remained optimistic they would play throughout the summer, Utah's medical staff elected to be cautious with both players to prepare them for training camp. 

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - JULY 3: Taylor Hendricks #0 and Brice Sensabaugh #8 of the Utah Jazz look on during the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2023 NBA Salt Lake City Summer League on July 3, 2023 at Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2023 NBAE (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

Now, just over a month until the Jazz report to Salt Lake City for training camp, Utah has officially cleared two players for all on-court activities. 

Barring any setbacks, George and Hendricks (No. 9 pick) should be full-go for the start of training camp as they've been given the full go-ahead from Utah's staff. That's a big development for the Jazz, as both players have a lot to show heading into training camp. 

Meanwhile, Sensabaugh (No. 28 pick) is still undergoing rehab and hasn't been fully cleared for all on-court activities.