Jazz sign draft picks in time for summer league

Jul 6 2013 - 10:53pm


SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Jazz have signed draft picks Trey Burke and Rudy Gobert.

Burke was the ninth overall pick in the draft, acquired by the Jazz in a trade that sent Utah's 14th and 21st overall picks to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The 6-foot-1 point guard played two seasons at Michigan, averaging 18.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals. He had 255 assists to set the school's single-season record.

Gobert, a 7-foot-1 center from France, was the 27th overall pick in the draft, acquired in a trade with Denver that sent the 46th overall pick and cash considerations to the Nuggets. He averaged 8.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks for Cholet Basket of the French League last season.

Terms of both contracts were not released on Saturday.

Both players are expected to participate in the Jazz's entry in the 2013 Orlando Pro Summer League, which begins today.

Burke was named 2013 Naismith Player of the Year (the first Wolverine to receive the award), John R. Wooden National Player of the Year, Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year, Associated Press National Player of the Year, Sports Illustrated National Player of the Year and Big Ten Player of the Year. He also earned the Bob Cousy Award for the nation's top point guard. Burke led Michigan to the 2013 NCAA Championship game and hit the game-tying 3-pointer to force overtime in a win over Kansas to advance to the Elite Eight.


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