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Kyle Goon

University of Utah reporter, Sports

801-257-8739, kgoon@sltrib.com


  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, celebrates after a second half dunk by forward Trey Lyles. The Jazz easily beat the Atlanta Hawks 95-68, Friday November 25, 2016. Utah Jazz: Rudy Gobert makes all-NBA defensive first team
    Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert has made the all-NBA defensive first team, the league announced Monday morning. Gobert led the NBA in blocks (2.6 per gam...
    Updated Jun 26 2017 05:01 pm   |     |   Share

  • Houston Rockets’ Patrick Beverley (2) keeps the ball from Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry (7) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 25, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Jazz still searching for point guard — who, they don’t know for sure yet
    The Jazz were looking at acquiring a veteran point guard via a trade in the hours leading up to the NBA draft. But just because Utah took a combo guar...
    Updated Jun 24 2017 09:15 am   |     |   Share

  • Donovan Mitchell reacts after being selected by the Denver Nuggets as the 13th pick overall during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Utah Jazz: No. 13 pick Donovan Mitchell matched Dennis Lindsey’s profile perfectly
    Donovan Mitchell just had shook Adam Silver’s hand on the stage at the Barclays Center while donning a Denver Nuggets cap and a Denver logo blazing in...
    Updated Jun 23 2017 09:40 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Kyle Kuzma has taken the leap in each of his seasons. Now he’s making his next big decision: To go to the NBA? Or not to go? Kuzma, Swanigan and Jackson, all with Utah ties, selected in NBA draft
    It came late in the first round on Thursday night: A run on Utahns. Well, at least it felt that way. Within a span of six picks, three prospects with ...
    Updated Jun 23 2017 12:23 am   |     |   Share

    (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Utah Jazz forward Joe Johnson (6) and Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) high-five as the Jazz pull away from the Clippers late in the fourth quarter of their NBA playoff game at Viviint Smart Home arena in Salt Lake City Sunday April 23, 2017. Derrick Favors puts house on market, says he’s just downsizing
    Little things can move the needle in a wild offseason of trade rumors. Here’s one: Veteran Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors’ house is listed for sale....
    Updated Jun 22 2017 12:36 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Brigham Young Cougars forward Eric Mika (12) during the game at the Marriott Center Thursday February 2, 2017. NBA Draft: Six players with Utah ties hope to hear their names Thursday night
    It’s an uncommon year for the NBA Draft to begin with, as some experts have called this year’s talent pool the deepest in at least a decade. It’s also...

    Updated Jun 22 2017 01:24 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes forward Kyle Kuzma (35) dunks the ball as the University of Utah hosts Oregon State, NCAA basketball at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday January 28, 2017. NBA draft: Big men adapt to ‘positionless’ blueprint
    Former Utah forward Kyle Kuzma laid out what he felt made him so rare as an NBA prospect. “The NBA’s turning into four men/threes who can pass, defend...
    Updated Jun 20 2017 09:19 pm   |     |   Share

  • Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant smiles as he holds the NBA Finals MVP trophy during a parade and rally after winning the NBA basketball championship Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) The Utah Jazz try to close the gap with Golden State
    Mere minutes after his defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers were taken out in Game 5 by the Golden State Warriors, LeBron James appeared contemplati...
    Updated Jun 18 2017 09:57 pm   |     |   Share

  • Jessica Hill  |  AP Photo   Houston’s Damyean Dotson guards Connecticut’s Daniel Hamilton in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, in Storrs, Conn. Houston won 75-68. Jazz: For Damyean Dotson, an NBA future means confronting the past
    Damyean Dotson would like to talk about how he can be an NBA player. He’d like to talk about his dynamic 3-point shooting that made him a star at Hous...
    Updated Jun 17 2017 10:08 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    University of Utah Lacrosse coach Brian Holman makes a statement, as the UofU announces that it will add men’s lacrosse as a division 1 sport in a news conference at the Spence and Cleone Eccles Center, Friday, June 16, 2017.   Utah makes Pac-12 history with Division I men’s lacrosse program
    Over the past year, there were moments when Brian Holman, Utah’s club lacrosse coach, believed he was on the path to becoming a Division I coach again...
    Updated Jun 17 2017 02:33 pm   |     |   Share

  • Michael Mangum  |  Special to the Tribune  The Utah Utes and Texas Longhorns men’s lacrosse teams line up during the playing of the national anthem before their game at Ute Soccer Field in Salt Lake City on Thursday, April 13, 2017. University of Utah will vote Friday whether to add men’s lacrosse as a Division I sport
    The University of Utah is one crucial vote away from adding men’s lacrosse as a scholarship Division I sport. The university’s board of trustees has p...
    Updated Jun 15 2017 09:41 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Mark Pope,  starting his third year as UVU’s basketball coach thinks back on his life when he thought  he would become a doctor. Three quarters of his way through a medical career he abruptly altered his path and started at the entry level of college coaching. College basketball: Coaches grapple with both sides of rising transfer tide
    Various scouting sites will tell you there have been more than 650 transfers in Division I college basketball this year. For Utah Valley coach Mark Po...
    Updated Jun 14 2017 06:43 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah players celebrate the win as Utah faces BYU in the final of the Salt Lake City Regional, NCAA softball at Dumke Family Softball Stadium, Saturday May 20, 2017. Utah softball: Utes seek staying power as a contender after standout season
    Amy Hogue was greeted by a man she did not know on a recent stop at a gas station. “It’s been real fun watching your team play this season,” he said. ...
    Updated Jun 02 2017 10:53 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak and Sedrick Barefield look at an official in disbelief after an offensive foul call during a game between Utah and Washington State at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. Utah basketball: Runnin’ Utes heading to Europe in August
    In search of building a strong foundation in the locker room next year, the Runnin’ Utes are headed overseas. Starting on Aug. 5, Utah basketball will...
    Updated Jun 02 2017 07:33 pm   |     |   Share

    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah fans as the University of Utah faces Washington, college football at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Saturday October 29, 2016. Utah football: Pac-12 announces TV times for five Utes games
    Get that caffeine ready. The Pac-12 has released the TV schedule for the first month of the upcoming football season and other select weekday games. O...
    Updated May 31 2017 01:53 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Team mates mob Utah’s Zach Moeller, #28, after his grand slam reduced ASU’s lead to 7-6 in the third inning, Sunday, May 28, 2017. Utah baseball: Utes rally for injured teammate DaShawn Keirsey Jr., finish sweep of Arizona State
    A grand slam. A call at the plate reversed. A dozen pitchers and 30 hits. For a game that featured a little bit of everything in four hours on Sunday ...
    Updated May 28 2017 11:24 pm   |     |   Share

    Oregon forward Dillon Brooks drives to the basket ahead of Michigan forward D.J. Wilson (5) during the second half of a regional semifinal of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Utah Jazz: Team says they didn't offer 'guarantee' to Michigan's D.J. Wilson
    After rumor spilled this week that the Utah Jazz had “guaranteed” Michigan prospect D.J. Wilson they would take him in the NBA Draft if he dropped to ...
    Updated May 27 2017 07:44 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)       University of Utah baseball player Dallas Carroll at the school’s practice facility in Salt Lake City Thursday May 25, 2017. Utah baseball: Stepping out alone, Dallas Carroll is wrapping up stellar senior year
    He can still see himself on the field, in a way. As Dalton Carroll watches now from the stands, he smiles as he sees his twin, Dallas, suit up for the...
    Updated May 25 2017 10:22 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah players celebrate the win as Utah faces BYU in the final of the Salt Lake City Regional, NCAA softball at Dumke Family Softball Stadium, Saturday May 20, 2017. Utah athletics: Utes hammering out details on capital projects and more
    Chris Hill will stay busy for the next few weekends if he gets his way. With Utah softball headed to NCAA Super Regionals, baseball trying to make an ...
    Updated Jun 02 2017 10:53 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah outfielder Alyssa Barrera (16) scores a run during the NCAA softball regional game at Dumke Family Softball Stadium Thursday, May 18, 2017. Utah softball: Freshmen have found a way to step up for Utes
    There was only one moment last weekend when Breonna Castenada knew she was in over her head. It was right after Utah won three straight games to begin...
    Updated May 26 2017 10:22 am   |     |   Share

  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Herriman celebrates a goal by Carter Johnson (11) in prep soccer action, 5A boys’ state semifinal between Herriman and Bingham, in Kaysville, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. 5A boys’ soccer: Herriman romps in 3-0 semifinal win over Bingham
    Woods Cross • Three minutes until Herriman was to clinch its first-ever berth to the Class 5A finals, a chant erupted from the Mustang throng in the b...
    Updated May 23 2017 10:55 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune)   Prep sports illustration for online place holder. 5A boys’ soccer: Amano’s golden goal punches Layton’s ticket to title game with win over Copper Hills
    Woods Cross • Running toward the goal, Layton forward Kaden Amano found the ball at his feet. Yards away from the net, he aimed, fired ... ... and mis...
    Updated May 23 2017 10:56 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Utes forward David Collette (13) runs past California Golden Bears guard Don Coleman (14) during the game at the Huntsman Center Thursday March 2, 2017. Utah basketball: David Collette hopes NBA feedback helps prepare for senior year with Utes
    The most telling detail about David Collette’s immediate basketball future was when he arrived for his Utah Jazz workout Tuesday morning — after he ha...
    Updated May 23 2017 05:59 pm   |     |   Share

    Utah’s Kyle Kuzma (35) looks to pass away from California’s Grant Mullins in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Utah Jazz: Utes Kyle Kuzma, David Collette to work out Tuesday
    Two Utes are among six players who will work out with the Utah Jazz on Tuesday. Kyle Kuzma, who has already hired an agent and will stay in the draft,...
    Updated May 22 2017 03:39 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah infielder Heather Bowen (37) celebrates hitting a two-run homerun during the NCAA softball regional game at Dumke Family Softball Stadium Thursday, May 18, 2017. Utah softball: Utes hammer Fordham to open regional
    The Utes took to the role of playing host to the NCAA regional quite well Thursday despite never before doing it. The Utah softball team (34-14) looke...
    Updated May 24 2017 04:42 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) warms up as the Utah Jazz host the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the second round, NBA playoff basketball in Salt Lake City, Saturday May 6, 2017. Utah Jazz: Rudy Gobert named to All-NBA second team, Gordon Hayward comes up short
    Rudy Gobert might have been snubbed when All-Star Game invitations were handed out earlier this year, but there were few skeptics left by the end of t...
    Updated May 18 2017 11:05 pm   |     |   Share

  • Utah’s Anissa Urtez (17) hit a home run in the first inning as Utah defeats UK 3-0 in game 3 of the 2016 NCAA Softball Lexington Regional played at John Cropp Stadium on  Saturday May 21, 2016 in Lexington, Ky. Utah softball: Ute seniors helped raise program to among nation’s best
    Before she could swing away in the batting cages, before she could hear the roar of a crowd at her back, before she could experience the anxiety of wa...
    Updated May 17 2017 11:20 pm   |     |   Share

  • |  Courtesy University of Utah athletics   Grayson Murphy runs at cross country nationals last November. The junior runner and West High graduate has become one of Utah’s best distance runners since transferring from Santa Clara (Calif.). Murphy finished 53rd overall, just outside of All-America status. Utah track: Grayson Murphy keeps pushing past her limits
    It started with a push. Within an instant, Grayson Murphy, at a leaned-limbed 5 foot 4, had fallen on the rail of the track. She felt feet pushing of...
    Updated May 16 2017 07:55 pm   |     |   Share

  • Pac-12 baseball: Surging Utah beats USC 6-5 on walk-off home run
    Foul. Foul. Foul. Wade Gulden only needed to swing a pitch 45 degrees to his left and he would be in business. It was on the 11th pitch of his final a...
    Updated May 15 2017 10:38 pm   |     |   Share

  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Hannah Flippen during a practice at the Dumke Family Softball Stadium at the University of Utah Tuesday April 5, 2016. Utah softball: Hannah Flippen earns second straight Pac-12 player of the year honor
    How about two? Utah senior second baseman Hannah Flippen has earned her second consecutive Pac-12 player of the year honor after another solid season ...
    Updated May 15 2017 10:39 pm   |     |   Share