SALT LAKE CITY — Beehive State basketball fans will recognize several of the names of players in this year's Utah Jazz free agent mini-camp.
The most familiar include former Jazz camper Brock Motum; Devin Booker, the younger brother of Jazz power forward Trevor Booker; and Nick Wiggins, whose younger brother, Andrew, was recently named NBA rookie of the year.
David Fredman, the team's director of pro player personnel, said the Jazz kept close tabs on Motum after he returned to his native Australia last fall after he was cut by the Jazz. The former Washington State big man had a nice run on the Jazz’s summer league squad and then was let go just before the regular season tipped off in late October.
“In the early going, he looks pretty good,” Fredman said of the 6-foot-10 big. “He looks a little familiar.”
Nick Wiggins, a former Wichita State standout shooting guard, came to Utah for a pre-draft workout last spring and later was added to the Idaho Stampede roster.
“He’s a talented player in his own right,” Fredman said. “We’re happy to have him in Idaho. He just needs to keep playing hard. He’s got talent.”
As for the younger Booker, Fredman said it was Jazz management who pushed to bring him in, not Trevor.
Fredman knows that everybody will compare siblings of NBA players, but he said the 6-foot-8, 250-pound Devin Booker has some similarities to the Jazz’s 6-foot-8, 230-pound Trevor Booker.
“He’s rugged and he’ll rebound,” Fredman said of the 24-year-old, “so that’s a similarity right there.”
The camp continues Thursday.