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NBA player highlights basketball clinic for county youth

Jun 9, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Bryan Sinclair was blown away Wednesday afternoon when Utah Jazz forward Jeremy Evans called him by name.

This was the third year the 10-year-old Sinclair has attended a Utah Jazz clinic in Lander put on by Evans.

Sinclair was one of almost 50 youngsters who went over the fundamentals of basketball.

Sinclair even had the opportunity to play one-on-one with Evans in the clinic.

"The clinic was really awesome," Sinclair said. "It was really nice when he called me by name. I love basketball. I have a court outside and I play there."

Evans ended the clinic by signing his autographs on basketballs, shirts and photos.

Evans has been to Lander in 2010, 2011 and now 2013.

The Utah Jazz forward is listed at 6-foot-9 and weighs 194 pounds. He was drafted in the second round from Western Kentucky.

"I'm not surprised that I have been to Lander three times," Evans said. "Doing the Junior Jazz, I figured that I would come back more than once."

Evans said the clinics are a fun way promote basketball.

The 2013 edition of the Junior Jazz road trip marks the 29th straight year the NBA team has conducted the clinics.

Evans was in Hanna and Rawlins earlier in the day. He visited16 cities over the past week in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho.

"A lot of kids don't get to meet NBA players," Evans said. "I just want the kids to learn that they can be whatever they can be and have an opportunity to do whatever you want to do. The kids need to listen to their parents and stay in school."

NBA career

Evans finished his third season playing for the Jazz.

"I made a step, but I still have a lot to grow on," Evans said. "I just need to continue to work hard."

His career was highlighted when he was the 2012 NBA's Slam Dunk champion two years ago. This year he finished second.

"A lot of people just know me from the dunk competition right now," Evans said. "In the future they will know me not only from the contest, but from my game."

Evans averaged 1.6 rebounds and 2 points per game this year for the Jazz.

"People can expect a lot more," Evans said. "I have a lot of growth. I feel like just now started reaching my peak."

Utah ended the year with a 43-39 mark. The Jazz were in the ninth position in the Western Conference. The top eight make the playoffs.

"It was very tough to finish in that position," Evans said. "The goal is to make the playoffs and try to win the championship. We just have to come out and work harder, not only for us, but for the fans and family.

That is what we do. We have fun doing it." Ty Corbin is Utah's coach. He was installed the head coach on Feb. 10, 2011, following the resignation of longtime coach Jerry Sloan.

"He is a great coach," Evans said. "Just like any other coach, he wants to win. You have to do what it takes to win."

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