Utah Jazz news quick hits, including players returning to Salt Lake City, former Jazzmen at EuroBasket qualifiers and the team’s Top 10 plays from last season.
September is upon us and several weeks remain until the Utah Jazz return to the hardwood for their first preseason game. However, preparation for the upcoming season has already begun for Jazz players. Some have even found their way back to Utah and will regroup for workouts and open gym in the weeks ahead.
Qualifying games for EuroBasket 2017 began on Wednesday, with 27 teams vying to fill 11 of the tournament’s 20 spots. The 40th edition of the EuroBasket championship is set to take place in Helsinki, Tel Aviv, Cluj-Napoca and Istanbul next summer.
Although no current Jazz players are participating in qualification, two notable former Jazzmen are looking to help their native countries secure spots in the 2017 championship. Namely big men Kyrylo Fesenko and the recently-traded Tibor Pleiss.
Fesenko, who played for the Jazz from 2007 to 2011, was a beast on Day 1 for Ukraine. The 29-year-old made 6-of-7 shots, scoring 15 points, grabbing 10 boards and dishing out three assists to help Ukraine beat former Jazz summer leaguer Dee Bost and Bulgaria, 79-69.