Jazz's Kanter looks strong in EuroBasket debut; Walker joining Jimmer for charity
Jazz rookie center Enes Kanter scored a co-game high 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting and pulled down seven rebounds Wednesday during his debut in the 2011 EuroBasket tournament in Panevezys, Lithuania.
Kanter also clocked a team-high 21 minutes, 58 seconds for Turkey, which defeated Portugal 79-56 during a first-round game.
Kanter ran the court smoothly and shot a perfect 6 of 6 from the field during the first half. He did not see much action during the second half, and ended the game with three personal fouls.
Jimmer Fredette and Kemba Walker matched up against each other June 15 during a pre-draft workout for the Jazz in Salt Lake City. Now, the duo will team up for two charity events based in Utah while the NBA is stuck in a lockout.
Walker was confirmed Wednesday to participate in two exhibition games hosted by Fredette. Walker, a rookie guard and former Connecticut standout, was selected by the Charlotte Bobcats with the ninth overall pick during the 2011 NBA Draft. Fredette was taken No. 10 by the Sacramento Kings.
"I have always been a big fan and have a lot of respect for Kemba," Fredette said in a press release. "We had the chance to work out together before the draft and have become friends."
The charity games will be held Sept. 21 (Salt Lake City) and 22 (Provo). Other participating players will be announced during the coming weeks.