Five Stars Players on Utah Jazz Summer League Team
SALT LAKE CITY - Five players from the Salt Lake City Stars last season - Isaiah Cousins, Tre'Shaun Fletcher, Jairus Lyles, Tanner McGrew and Willie Reed - are featured on the Utah Jazz Summer League team, the Jazz announced today. The roster also includes Jazz center Tony Bradley, who played with the Stars on assignment last season.
The squad will compete next month at Salt Lake City Summer League (July 1-3) and MGM Resorts NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (July 5-15).
"This year's Utah Jazz entry in the Salt Lake City Summer League is yet another example of the continuity between the Jazz and Stars," said Jonathan Rinehart, president of the Salt Lake City Stars. "Our team has been here in Salt Lake City working in close proximity with the Jazz for three seasons, which has further strengthened our connectivity. It is always gratifying to see Stars players getting an opportunity to compete for the Jazz."
Isaiah Cousins (6-4, 191, Oklahoma) appeared in 39 games (37 starts) with the Stars last season, averaging 14.9 points, a team-best 5.9 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.13 steals in 30.7 minutes. The Oklahoma product, who was in training camp with the Jazz to start last season, led the Stars in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.67, 11th in the NBA G League) in his second campaign with Salt Lake City.
Tre'Shaun Fletcher (6-7, 205, Toledo) was acquired by the Stars from the available player pool on Dec. 29, 2018. He returned from a left knee injury sustained in college and made his debut with the Stars on Feb. 20 at Memphis. Fletcher appeared in nine games with Salt Lake City last season, averaging 2.3 points in 7.8 minutes.
Jairus Lyles (6-2, 175, UMBC) appeared in 46 games (14 starts) with the Stars last season, averaging 12.9 points, 4.2 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.39 steals in 26.9 minutes. Lyles scored 41 points off the bench in a Stars win on March 12 at Rio Grande Valley, the most points scored by a Stars player in a game in the Salt Lake City Era (since 2016-17). The UMBC product was also in training camp with the Jazz to start last season.
Tanner McGrew (6-8, 250, West Virginia Wesleyan) was acquired by the Stars on Jan. 21, 2019, in a trade with the Memphis Hustle. McGrew appeared in 21 games (four starts) with Salt Lake City, averaging 10.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 24.8 minutes on 46.7 percent from the field and 40.6 percent from three-point range. The forward also competed with the USA Men's World Cup Qualifying Team under Head Coach Jeff Van Gundy in February.
Willie Reed (6-11, 245, St. Louis) was selected by Salt Lake City with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NBA G League Draft. Reed appeared in 21 games (all starts) with the Stars, averaging 20.1 points, 11.3 rebounds and 1.76 blocks in 30.1 minutes on 66.5 percent from the field before sustaining a season-ending right shoulder injury on Jan. 14. He was named to the Midseason All-NBA G League Team for the Western Conference, which was selected by NBA G League coaches, general managers and players from the first half of the season.
Fletcher, Lyles, McGrew and Reed participated in the Jazz free agent mini-camp earlier this month.
Additionally, Utah Jazz center Tony Bradley (6-11, 248, North Carolina) is on the Jazz Summer League roster. The 28th overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft, Bradley appeared in 20 games (all starts) with the Stars on assignment from the Jazz last season, averaging 13.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in 25.5 minutes of play.
Stars Head Coach Martin Schiller will also join the Utah Jazz Summer League team as a member of the coaching staff.
In their third season in Salt Lake City, the Stars finished 2018-19 with a 27-23 (.540) record, the franchise's first winning campaign in the Salt Lake City Era (since 2016-17).
The Stars/Idaho Stampede franchise appeared in the postseason for the first time in 10 years, marking the first playoff game in the Salt Lake City Era. The team finished the regular season sixth in the Western Conference before falling to the Oklahoma City Blue in the single-elimination First Round of the 2019 NBA G League Playoffs.
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