As former BYU basketball players Yoeli Childs and Jake Toolson try to make their way in the NBA as undrafted free agents with the Washington Wizards and Utah Jazz, respectively, they have something beside the same alma mater that unites them.
ESPN 960’s Hunter Miller observed Tuesday that both players are wearing jersey No. 22 as they participate in their first training camps on the big stage. Childs changed from his college number of 23, while Toolson changed from the No. 5 he wore his senior season at BYU because Jazz second-year forward Jarrell Brantley already has that number.
Childs and Toolson are both on Exhibit 10 contracts, which much more likely than not means that they’ll be waived before the start of the NBA season later this month and end up playing in the G League.
Should that end up being the case, both would be able to stay very close to their NBA team’s city. The Wizards’ G League affiliate is the Capital City Go-Go in Washington, D.C., while the Jazz’s affiliate is the Salt Lake City Stars.