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Jazz release Revue roster

Stevenson to play; Jazz still await Kirilenko

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The Jazz on Tuesday released their Rocky Mountain Revue camp roster, a 17-player list that, as expected, includes troubled shooting guard DeShawn Stevenson.

Russian rookie Andrei Kirilenko is on it, too, but it remains to be seen if he will make it to town in time for the Revue.

The 20-year-old Stevenson pled not guilty Friday in his hometown of Fresno, Calif., to a single felony count of statutory rape, the result of a June incident in which he allegedly engaged in a consensual intercourse with a 14-year-old female friend.

By allowing Stevenson to play in the Revue — a 10-team summer league for NBA rookies, youngsters and free agents — the Jazz are following through with a pledge to not pre-judge their 2000 first-round draft choice.

Any disciplinary action the team may take, Jazz officials say, must wait.

"Due process," Jazz basketball operations vice president Kevin O'Connor said Tuesday. "We don't condone or condemn, but when the court makes its decision, we will have some action."

Stevenson is scheduled back in Fresno County Superior Court for a preliminary hearing on Aug. 30.

"You know," O'Connor said, "it's important . . . that the fans of the Utah Jazz understand that the court will take its course, and we will take our action accordingly after that."

The Jazz continue to anticipate that Kirilenko, a 6-foot-9, 205-pounder who last played for CSKA in Russia, will arrive for the Revue, which gets under way July 20 at Salt Lake Community College's Redwood Road campus.

Visa complications, however, make Kirilenko's actual arrival date uncertain.

"We hope to have him in (soon)," O'Connor said.

Fifteen other players will participate starting Monday in Utah's four-day camp prior to the Revue, which for the Jazz begins with a July 21 game against Phoenix.

Guard Quincy Lewis and forward Scott Padgett, first-round draft choices of the Jazz in 1999, are both slated to play, as are guards Matt Santangelo and Richie Frahm, former teammates at Gonzaga University, the alma mater of Jazz vet John Stockton.

Three others besides the three Jazz regulars have NBA playing experience: Rusty LaRue, the ex-Chicago Bulls guard from Wake Forest who last season played with Kirilenko for CSKA in Russia; former Clemson forward Harold Jamison, who played in Poland last season and briefly with the Miami Heat prior to that; and swingman Roderick Rhodes, a 1997 first-round draft choice of the Houston Rockets who played in college for Kentucky and USC.

Two more are second-round draft picks of the Jazz: Stanford forward-center Jarron Collins, who was chosen 53rd overall last month; and 2000 selection Kaniel Dickens, the ex-Idaho big man who played last for Ural Great Perm of the Russian Super league, where he averaged 5 points and 1.9 rebounds in 11.6 minutes per game.

Also scheduled to be in camp: center Nate Althoff, who just finished his four-year career at the University of Utah; forward James Foster and 7-foot-2 South African center Sibu Mabaso, teammates at NAIA Lambuth (Tenn.) University; Todd Lindeman, a 7-foot center who has bounced around the CBA and the IBL since leaving Indiana in 1996; guard Billy Thomas, a career .395 3-point shooter at Kansas; and former Niagara guard Alvin Young, who led all NCAA Division I scorers during his senior season with a 25.1 points-per-game average.

Althoff is playing for the Dallas Mavericks in the under-way Southern California Summer Pro League, but Jazz officials say they have been promised he will come to their Revue camp.

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