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Utah Jazz: Orem hosting D-League Showcase in January

Published July 22, 2008 1:30 am

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TAYLORSVILLE - The Utah Flash will host the fifth annual NBA Development League Showcase, league president Dan Reed announced Monday during a press conference at the Rocky Mountain Revue.

The Showcase brings together all 16 teams from the D-League for a series of games that provide scouting opportunities for teams from the NBA and overseas.

The 2009 Showcase will be held Jan. 5-8 in Orem.

Each D-League team will play two games at the McKay Events Center, with four games being played daily. NBA-TV will broadcast the games in over 80 countries around the world.

"This is really a big deal for us," said Flash president Brandt Andersen, who estimates the event will pump between $750,000 and $1 million into the Utah County economy.

An expansion team last year, the Flash are the minor-league affiliate of the Utah Jazz and Boston Celtics.

Jazz vice president of basketball operations Kevin O'Connor said the D-League's decision to place its "premier event" in Orem was "the ultimate compliment to the Utah Flash."

O'Connor urged fans to support the event because of the intensity among the participants.

"Everybody is trying to help their team win," he said, " . . . but they are also looking for a spot on a roster at the next level. It's really fun to see the competition that goes in."

O'Connor applauded the D-League's decision to hold the Showcase within driving distance of Salt Lake City.

Remembering temperatures of minus-17 during a previous Showcase in Sioux Falls, S.D., he said, "We'll have better weather here, I promise."

Carroll struggles

Utah State's Jaycee Carroll, trying to stick with New Jersey as a free agent, struggled during Golden State's 108-84 victory over the Nets on Monday afternoon.

In 19 minutes, Carroll finished with two points, three assists and three rebounds. The leading scorer in Aggie history, he missed six of his seven shots.

Still, the Nets like what they have seen from Carroll, especially during the Orlando summer league.

"He's an intriguing player," assistant Brian Hill said. "He has the ability to shoot the ball and score, and I think he's a little bit better athletically than a lot of people give him credit for. He's certainly a great kid [who] competes out there every second of the game - just somebody we want to get a good look at."

Despite not playing well, Carroll said, "I'm really confident. As a basketball player, I've always been confident in what I can bring to a team. I'm just going to keep coming out, playing my best [and] playing my hardest - do what I can to control the situation."

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