Former Aggie Nelson in Jazz camp hoping to make roster (with photo gallery)

SALT LAKE CITY — With nearly all the attention at today’s Utah Jazz Media Day focused on what Carlos Boozer would say in his first public comments following a little off-season squabble with the front office, there was one Jazzman clearly excited to be back in a Jazz uniform. The Jazz made official today the free-agent signing of former Utah State star Spencer Nelson. After spending time in the Italian League, Euroleague and German League over the past three seasons, the Pocatello, Ida., native will now focus his efforts on making the 2009-2010 Jazz roster. “It’s great to be back in Utah,” the former All-Big West first-teamer said. “We love it here. The people are great; it’s just really good to be here. I’m looking forward to working hard and seeing what happens.” While it is too soon for head coach Jerry Sloan to say what Nelson’s chances are of making the team, the Hall of Fame coach said he’s looking forward to working with the former Utah State star again. “He’s fun guy to work with,” Sloan said. “Spencer is a wonderful guy. He’s a hard worker. As a group of coaches, we were talking today about what a wonderful guy he is — what a great attitude he has. He looks like he’s thrilled to death to be here.” At 6-foot-8, 225, Sloan said Nelson is a little small to bang with the big forwards in the NBA, and quickness may be a factor at the three position, but added Nelson has a reputation of working hard and comes from a solid basketball program at Utah State — all factors that have the coaching staff’s attention. “He’s a guy who has been on the cusp [of making the team] since he’s been down here,” Sloan said. “He works hard. He just plays basketball. All the guys we’ve had from up there [at Utah State] just play basketball. They’ve got a great coach. He does a terrific job with his team. They execute and always work hard.” TRAINING CAMP For the first time in the past five years, the Jazz will hold training camp in Salt Lake City. The team will practice at the Zions Bank Basketball Center twice daily on Saturday, Sunday and Monday before beginning a regular practice schedule on Tuesday. On Thursday the Jazz will begin their preseason schedule with the first of only two preseason home games. The Jazz will play host to Denver at Energy Solutions on October 1, followed by a two-game swing in Europe against Chicago on Oct. 6 in London and Real Madrid on Oct. 8 in Madrid. The Jazz will open the regular season on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at Denver. TICKET INFORMATION 2009-10 season ticket packages and mini-packages are currently available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased by calling (801) 355-DUNK or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Single-game tickets go on sale Monday, October 5 and can be purchased online at utahjazz.com or at EnergySolutions Arena.

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