Former BYU star Kyle Collinsworth returns home with a chance to live out NBA dream with the Utah Jazz
Kyle Collinsworth grew up going to Jazz games. Now the former Provo High and BYU star has the chance to play in one.
The Jazz signed the 28-year-old wing on Saturday after the Salt Lake City Stars acquired his returning player G League rights. The move brings Collinsworth back to Utah with a chance to show his value during the remainder of training camp.
“It’s exciting to be able to have an opportunity to play with the Jazz organization and be home,” Collinsworth said Sunday after his first practice with the team. “It’s the best of both worlds.”
The 6-foot-6 Collinsworth brings a versatile skillset to camp. During his four years at BYU he set the NCAA record for triple-doubles (12). And the 28-year-old is eager to further expand his game.
“He’s a basketball player,” Jazz head coach Quin Snyder said. “I think he has the ability to impact the game in a lot of different ways with his size. He can make plays for people, handle the ball. A real versatile player. I think he’s excited to have an opportunity to play and get better. That’s been the key for us. We bring in guys that really want to work and like playing. That’s what he is.”
Collinsworth worked out for the Jazz ahead of the 2016 NBA Draft.
“I’ve gotten a lot better,” Collinsworth said. “That’s the biggest difference. “Shooting the ball, everything, I’ve gotten a lot better. It feels good.”
Collinsworth started 28 games last year for Raptors 905, Toronto’s G League squad. The season prior, the forward was in the Dallas organization and appeared in two games with the Mavericks.
Collinsworth said he has admired Snyder and the Jazz’s system from afar and has been impressed by what he has seen from the team’s player development program.
“I’ve heard good things,” he said. “Their guys get better. … I’m just here to learn and get better. Make the most of the opportunity.”
Collinsworth said he has not had detailed conversations about his chances to make the team’s roster, but that doesn’t concern him for now.
“I haven’t heard much,” he said. “For me, I’ve been in these situations where it’s gone in my favor and not in my favor. I just take it day by day, just stay present and maximize each day. You keep thinking ahead and you get a little bit anxious. I just stay in the moment and stay grateful.”