Utah Jazz player Derrick Favors will be in town 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 1 to help children learn skills at the Junior Jazz basketball clinic at the Center Street Gym.
“We are very grateful to the many Jazz fans throughout the Intermountain Region and this is a great chance for us to give back to those communities and show them we appreciate their support,” said Jazz president Randy Rigby. “We are excited that Derrick has chosen to participate in this year’s Junior Jazz road trip and that he will have the opportunity to work with young Jazz fans across the state of Utah.”
All school-aged children are welcome to attend the one-hour clinic. Following the clinic, Favors will pose for photos, sign autographs and visit with the children. Children will also get a free t-shirt.
“This is great how the Utah Jazz goes this far to keep things exciting for our basketball playing community and keep the kids interested in playing basketball,” Justin Marcus, Moab city recreation assistant. “Now the kids have a refreshed desire to hit the court and play.”
Favors was the third overall pick from the 2010 NBA draft. He averaged nine points and seven rebounds during the 2011-12 season. He scored a career high of 23 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in a win over Golden State in March of 2012.
He also participated in the NBA Rising Stars game for the second straight year. This summer Favors was named to the USA Select Team along with teammate Gordon Hayward. The Select Team scrimmaged against the 2012 USA Olympic team in preparation for the games in London.
A native of Atlanta, Ga., Favors was the 2009 national high school player of the year and played one collegiate season at Georgia Tech, where he was named 2009-10 Atlanta Coast Conference Rookie of the Year, before entering the NBA Draft.