UCLA’s Johnny Juzang reacts during the first half of a college basketball game against North Carolina in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament, Friday, March 25, 2022, in Philadelphia. Juzang signed a two-way contract with the Utah Jazz.

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After the 2021 NCAA Tournament, Johnny Juzang was nearing college basketball legend status. He propelled the UCLA Bruins from barely being in the First Four, to a Final Four appearance.

Juzang was incredible for the Bruins through that 2021 run. His performance had earned him an invite to the NBA Draft Combine and workouts with numerous teams. But, dealing with an injury held him back a little bit, and there were understandable questions about Juzang’s longterm prospects, especially on the defensive end.

So, he went back to UCLA in hopes of improving his draft stock. Instead, the opposite happened.

The Bruins weren’t as successful, Juzang’s numbers went down and the 2022 NBA Draft came and went without Juzang’s name being called.

Thinking about what could have been had he decided to stay in the draft and not return to UCLA in 2021 is an exercise that accomplishes nothing though, because even if things seemed to be turning in a more difficult direction for Juzang, he has a great opportunity in front of him.

The Utah Jazz signed Juzang to a two-way contract on Friday, and for a team that looks like it could be heading toward a major rebuild, that means the opportunity for Juzang might be even greater than he originally thought.

“Super excited,” Juzang said. “Such a great opportunity for me. I couldn’t be more excited and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”


Johnny Juzang is officially under contract with the Utah Jazz on a two-way deal
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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


Utah Jazz: Johnny Juzang chance to be next developmental success story

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