Jazz Re-Signs Forward Jeremy Evans
2012 NBA Slam Dunk Champion Returns to Utah
SALT LAKE CITY (July 11, 2012) – Utah Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor announced today that the team has re-signed forward Jeremy Evans. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released.
The 2012 NBA Slam Dunk Champion, Evans (6-9, 194, Western Kentucky) has appeared in 78 games (three starts) over his first two NBA seasons with the Jazz, averaging 3.1 points and 1.9 rebounds while shooting .656 from the field. A 2010 second-round draft pick (55th overall) out of Western Kentucky, 74 of Evans’ 103 made shots over his first two years have been dunks, 32 of those on alley-oops. His dunk percentage of 71.8 percent is the highest in the NBA over the last two seasons. On February 25, 2012 during NBA All-Star Weekend in Orlando, Fla., Evans became the first player in Jazz franchise history to win the league’s slam dunk contest.
The 24-year-old native of Crossett, Ark., is the only Jazz draft pick ever from Western Kentucky, where he played four seasons (2006-10) and finished as the Hilltoppers’ all-time leader in blocked shots and field goal percentage.