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Utah Jazz Holding Pre-Draft Workout With BYU Forward, Others

May 28, 2022, 6:36 PM | Updated: 6:38 pm
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Gideon George #5 of the BYU Cougars holds up three fingers after making a three point shot during the 2021 Diamond Head Classic against the South Florida Bulls at the Stan Sheriff Center on December 22, 2021 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)
(Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Jazz announced that a group of players, including a forward from BYU, would come to Salt Lake City for a pre-draft workout.

The Jazz announced the group of players on Saturday, May 28. The six players will work out for the Jazz on Sunday, May 29.

One of the six players is BYU standout Gideon George.

In addition to George, the following players will participate in the pre-draft workout:

  • Michael Devoe (Georgia Tech)
  • Malachi Smith (Chattanooga)
  • Jules Bernard (UCLA)
  • Omari Moore (San Jose State)
  • Donovan Williams (UNLV)

Although the Jazz currently don’t own a pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, the franchise has been working out players in preparation for what could be a busy offseason.

The 2022 NBA Draft is slated to take place on June 23 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

About Gideon George

After playing at New Mexico Junior College, the Minna, Nigeria native transferred to BYU ahead of the 2020-21 season.

Shortly after last season, George entered the NBA Draft process. He also entered the NCAA Transfer Portal before withdrawing his name. George can go through the pre-draft process until June 13, which is the early entrant deadline to withdraw. The multi-year starter for Mark Pope’s program has lined up multiple workouts with NBA teams.

George has one year of collegiate eligibility remaining. If he returns to school, George would re-join a BYU basketball program that is entering its final season as a member of the West Coast Conference.

During his two seasons with the Cougars, George averaged 7.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.2 blocks, and 0.4 steals per game. He shot 42.6 percent overall and 34.1 percent from beyond the arc.

George has played 60 games at BYU, including 27 starts.

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