Utah Jazz rookies get some good injury news

First-round picks Taylor Hendricks and Keyonte George have been cleared for all activities, the Jazz say.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz guard Keyonte George (3) looks down court past the 76ers defense during an NBA Summer League basketball game Wednesday, July 5, 2023, at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City.

Utah Jazz rookies Taylor Hendricks and Keyonte George should both be ready for their first NBA training camp.

Hendricks, the ninth pick in the June draft, and George, the 16th pick, have both been cleared for all on-court activities, the team announced this week.

George was the star of the summer league for the Jazz, averaging 18.8 points and 5.3 assists over six games, before injuring his ankle on July 12. The former Baylor guard stepped on a defender’s foot, fell to the ground and had to be helped off the court.

Hendricks, meanwhile, never suited up during the summer as he recovered from a lingering hamstring injury.

“I will say I feel pretty good right now,” he told The Salt Lake Tribune last month. “It’s just, you know, I don’t feel 100%, so we didn’t really want to push anything and force summer league play, and then have to worry about me being out for training camp. But right now I feel good. And I’ll be ready for training camp.”

Forward Brice Sensabaugh is now the last of the three Jazz first-round picks awaiting full medical clearance. Sensabaugh was held out of summer league due to “left knee surgery recovery,” according to the team. The Ohio State product was diagnosed with an undisclosed knee injury at the end of his freshman season. The Jazz on Tuesday said Sensabaugh was continuing to make progress toward his recovery.