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TROST, ROSE, HAMILTON AMONG 8 PLAYERS CUT

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The Utah Jazz rookie/free agent roster became more manageable Monday night.

That's a nice way of saying the Jazz made roster cuts.From the 22 players on the original roster, eight were let go and 14 survived to make up the Rocky Mountain Revue team.

Three of the four local college players - BYU's Gary Trost and Weber State's Stan Rose and Al Hamilton - were let go. Utah's Jimmy Soto made the cut, but not before a tense minute or two. It seems Jazz coach Jerry Sloan accidently read Soto's name with those of the players being cut. The error was caught shortly thereafter, however, and Soto will remain with the team.

Others cut included forwards Marcel Huijbens of Holland and Bobby Martin of Pittsburgh and guards Bennie Seltzer of Washington State, Carl Thomas of Eastern Michigan and Kennard Winchester, who played last year with the Houston Rockets.

Remaining on the roster are centers Isacc Austin, Felton Spencer and Luther Wright, forwards Marques Bragg, Stephen Howard, Jaren Jackson and Bryon Russell and guards Soto, John Crotty, Corey Crowder, Larry Robinson, Justus Thigpen and Henry Williams and Tommy Tormohlen.

"It's difficult, but when you bring in as many guys as we did, you can't play games and continue to practice without making some number cuts," Sloan said.Williams, a 6-foot-2 rookie from North Carolina Charlotte, impressed quickly after joining the Jazz for Monday's practices. Williams had been in the Boston Celtics' camp before coming to Utah. Tormohlen, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, may be the biggest surprise of the players sticking with the team. Tormohlen played college ball at tiny Berry College, an NAIA school.

"Tommy plays very hard all the time," Sloan said of Tormohlen.

Next to Spencer, who has spent three years with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Jackson has the most NBA experience, having played for the Clippers, Nets and Warriors in addition to stints in the CBA during the four years since his college days at Georgetown.

The Jazz announced today their pre-season schedule for next season. On slate are eight games with six different opponents and a lot of travel. Utah opens the pre-season with back-to-back games Oct. 15 and 16 against the Lakers in Hawaii.

The Jazz will play two preseason games in the Delta Center: Oct. 19 against the Indiana Pacers and Oct. 25 vs. Seattle. Utah will also play pre-season games in Portland, Phoenix, Indianpolis and Richfield, Ohio.

It was also annouced that the Jazz will move training camp out of Salt Lake for the first time in several years, opting for St. George. Camp will open Oct. 8 on the Dixie College campus. Sloan said moving camp out of Salt Lake should help the players keep their minds more focused on basketball.

CAMP NOTES: Wright, the top draft pick of the Jazz, came into camp Friday weighing 325 pounds. Monday he tipped the scales at 304. "Luther's got to get into better shape," Sloan said of his 7-foot-2 center. "This was the fourth day of practice and he looked like a dead man out there."

The Jazz took Tuesday morning off, but will practice once Tuesday evening and again Wednesday prior to opening the Rocky Mountain Revue Thursday at 8 p.m. against Burghy Roma.

Soto, who has been hampered throughout camp with a sprained ankle, was able to play in both practices Monday. Meanwhile, fellow point guard John Crotty injured his foot in Monday morning's practice and sat out the rest of the day. He is expected to be back in time for the start of the Revue, however.