Jazz sign Othyus Jeffers to a 10-Day Contract

SALT LAKE CITY (March 3, 2010) – Utah Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor announced today that the team will sign guard Othyus Jeffers (pronounced oh-THEE-us) of the NBA Development League’s Iowa Energy to a 10-day contract, pending the outcome of a successful physical. Jeffers becomes the 18th D-League Call-Up to the NBA this season, and second by the Jazz (Sundiata Gaines). Following the transaction, the Jazz roster now stands at 13 players.JeffersJeffers (6-5, 200, Robert Morris University – Chicago) is currently averaging 14.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.8 steals while shooting .510 from the field through 22 games (16 starts) with Iowa this season. Jeffers has led the Energy to a D-League best 30-9 record in his second season with the team, reaching double figures in scoring 18 times and registering a double-double in four games.He began the 2009-10 campaign with NGC Cantu of the Italian League, the same team current Jazzman Sundiata Gaines played for during the 2008-09 season. The 24-year-old averaged 9.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 steals in nine games with Cantu.A native of Chicago, he was originally selected by the Iowa Energy in the third round (47th overall) of the 2008 D-League Draft. In his first year with Iowa (2008-09), Jeffers led the Energy to the playoffs and was named the 2009 D-League Rookie of the Year in addition to being a D-League All-Star selection. Jeffers was also chosen to play for the D-League Select Team in the 2009 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, where he averaged 20.5 points and 7.0 rebounds.Jeffers concluded his collegiate career at Robert Morris University in Chicago (24.0 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game) earning The Sporting News NAIA Player of the Year and Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors. He preceded his one season at RMU with two seasons at Illinois-Chicago (13.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game) and one season at Los Angeles Southwest College (22.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game). Jeffers becomes the fifth D-League Call-Up in Jazz history, joining Gaines, Rusty LaRue (2000-01), Mikki Moore (2003-04) and Louis Amundson (2006-07).PLAYER FILE: Othyus Jeffers#25 OTHYUS JEFFERSPOSITION: Guard/ForwardHEIGHT: 6-5WEIGHT: 200BORN: 8/15/85 in ChicagoHIGH SCHOOL: Hubbard H.S. (Chicago)COLLEGE: Robert Morris University (Chicago)PRO: Entering 1st NBA season * Became the 18th D-League Call-Up to the NBA this season. * Fifth D-League Call-Up in Jazz history. * Named the 2008-09 D-League Rookie of the Year * Named 2008 Men’s NAIA Player of the Year2009-10 SEASONBecame the 18th D-League Call-Up to the NBA this season when signed by the Jazz to a 10-day contract on 3/3 … Is the fifth D-League Call-Up in Jazz history (Rusty LaRue, Mikki Moore, Louis Amundson, Sundiata Gaines) and second of the season (Gaines) … Prior to his call-up, appeared in 22 games (16 starts) with the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League, averaging 14.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game … Scored a season-high 24 points at Dakota 1/14 … Picked up a season-high 13 rebounds twice this season … Had a season-high six steals vs. Albuquerque 1/17… Had 11 games of 15 or more points … Began the season with NGC Cantu in Italy, averaging 9.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 steals.AS A PROFESSIONALPlayed two seasons with the Iowa Energy of the D-League (2008-10), averaging 18.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 69 regular season games (48 starts) … Appeared in 47 games (32 starts) for the Energy in 2008-09, averaging 21.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists … Ranked in the top 10 in scoring, rebounding and steals … Named 2009 D-League Rookie of the Year … Also earned All-NBA Development League Honorable Mention honors … Was selected to the NBA D-League All-Star team … Also played for the D-League Select Team in the 2009 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, averaging 20.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in two games … Was selected by the Iowa Energy in the third round (47th overall pick) of the 2008 D-League Draft.AS A COLLEGIANConcluded his collegiate career at NAIA school Robert Morris University in Chicago, averaging 24.0 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists … Earned The Sporting News NAIA Player of the Year and Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors … Prior to that, spent two seasons at Illinois-Chicago, averaging 13.5 points and 8.1 rebounds … Began his collegiate career at Los Angeles Southwest College, averaging 22.3 points and 10.3 rebounds.CAREER TRANSACTIONSWas not selected in the 2008 NBA Draft … Signed by the Utah Jazz to a 10-day contract on 3/3/10.PERSONALFirst name is pronounced oh-THEE-us … Son of Geraldine Allen … Grew up on Chicago’s West Side … As a senior at Hubbard H.S., averaged 28 points and 16 rebounds en route to First Team All-State, All-Area and All-Conference accolades … Led his team to IHSA Regional and Sectional titles in 2003…Had his No. 12 jersey retired in 2003 … Earned All-Conference honors after his junior season after averaging 22 points and 11 rebounds … Majored in sociology.

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