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Off-season Odds and Ends

August 27, 2014

One. The Jazz have signed a number of training camp invitees, marking the first time (in [my] memory, and without checking) that invitee signings have been announced this early in the summer, or even announced at all.

Signings so far include Dee Bost, Jack Cooley, Brock Motum and former Jazzman/Jazz-Stampede affiliation poster boy Kevin Murphy.

murphy re-sign

Two. The fashionista(s) among us have observed, noted, and watched for–with anticipation–Quin Snyder’s affinity for the “Deep V” neckline since his hiring (as seen here, and here).

As it turns out, Snyder may merely be carrying on the (heretofore unknown) tradition of the Jazz Deep V, with the originator being everyone’s favorite Moneyman, Memo Okur. IG posted by Jarron Collins of his son:

collins son

Burrowing into the archives, I found these pics (along with some truly awful and objectionable sartorial choices by Deron Williams, but we’ll save that for another day):

ak memo

#euro #toptwobuttonsdontexist #mashaissportingavtoo

Three. The size of Rudy Gobert’s feet continues to be a source of fascination for his NBA brethren:

rudy foot

Previously, we had Brandon Rush posting not once, but multiple times about the size of Rudy’s feet:

rudy rush 2

rudy rush 1

Four. Enes Kanter’s younger brother, Kerem Kanter, will be playing college ball for the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay (H/T @prodigal_punk and @5kl):

The Green Bay men’s basketball team will be adding Kerem Kanter to its roster beginning with the 2014-15 season, head coach Brian Wardle announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Kanter, a native of Istanbul, Turkey and brother of Utah Jazz forward Enes Kanter, played the 2013-14 season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, where the 6-foot-9 left-handed forward averaged 17 points and nine rebounds while shooting 64 percent from the field.

“I decided to come to Green Bay because of their winning attitude,” Kanter said. “The program is about winning and improving their players. Another reason is the relationship I built with the coaching staff. They did an amazing job recruiting me, and I felt like this place is where I want to be. I know they won the Horizon League last year and had a great record. Coming to a team which has a chance to win their league again and go to a tournament and make some noise is a great opportunity.” …

“We are very excited to add Kerem Kanter to our program,” Wardle said. “To have a young man come over from Turkey and represent our program is exciting not only for Green Bay Basketball but also for our entire University. Kerem is a skilled forward that brings an ability to score from the inside and out. He has a great bloodline of basketball in his family, and we know he is extremely excited to get to Green Bay to pursue his dream of getting a college education and being a Division I player.”

Five. Carrick Felix is in Utah.

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