6-7 forward re-joins Utah from the NBA Development League’s Idaho Stampede
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed forward JJ O’Brien from the Idaho Stampede to a 10-day contract. The Stampede are the Jazz’s exclusively owned and operated NBA D-League team, and O’Brien becomes the NBA’s eighth overall NBA D-League Call-Up of the 2015-16 season and the second Stampede player to be called up. Per team policy, financial terms were not released. Following the move, Utah’s roster now stands at 15 players.
O’Brien (6-7, 220, San Diego State) has appeared in 24 games (23 starts) for the Stampede this season, averaging 9.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals in 33.4 minutes of action. He has scored 10-plus points on 10 occasions, including two games of 20-or-more points. O’Brien has also recorded seven-or-more rebounds in seven contests. The 23-year-old forward attended training camp with the Jazz and appeared in one preseason game after also competing for the Jazz entries in both the Utah Jazz Summer League and NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. He was waived by the Jazz on Oct. 13.
He played one season at University of Utah (2010-11) before transferring to San Diego State (2011-15) to finish his collegiate career. A native of San Diego, O’Brien played high school basketball at Alta Loma High School in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
O’Brien will wear No. 22 for the Jazz. He will be available for tonight’s game vs. the Los Angeles Lakers.
About the Utah Jazz
Founded as the 18th member of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1974, and located in Salt Lake City since 1979, the Utah Jazz are committed to excellence as a team and in the community. On the court, the Jazz are the third-winningest team in the NBA over the last 30 years, having won eight division titles and two Western Conference championships along with 14 seasons of 50-plus wins, and are supported by one of the most passionate fan bases in all of sports. Away from the court, the Jazz are very active in the local community and have assisted a multitude of organizations and worthy causes by way of charitable donations, service and grants through Larry H. Miller Charities. The Utah Jazz also operate the Junior Jazz program, the largest and longest-running youth basketball league in the NBA, featuring more than 50, 000 players and an additional 13, 000 volunteers who take part annually across seven states. For more information on the Utah Jazz, visit www.utahjazz.com.
About the Idaho Stampede
The Idaho Stampede are the exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League affiliate of the Utah Jazz. Since 1997, the Stampede has been dedicated to impacting the community on and off the court. In 2002, the team started the Idaho Stampede Community Foundation which has donated over $1 million in goods, services and in-kind donations. The Stampede was named NBA D-League champions in 2008 and has sent numerous players and coaches to the NBA. For season tickets call (208) 388-4667 or visit www.idahostampede.com.