Utah Jazz Offer Fantasy Camp For A Chance At “Life In The League”

Utah Jazz Offer Fantasy Camp For A Chance At “Life In The League”

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a member of the Utah Jazz?

What are the rigors on the court? How much time do they spend in the weight room? What sort of food do they eat? What do they do for fun?

Thanks to the Utah Jazz, you can now find out.

From September 8-10, the Jazz are offering a fantasy camp to spend three days and two nights with Utah alumni, owners, top executives, and coaching staff.

Anyone over the age of 21 will be able to interact personally with members of the organization and intimately see what it’s like to be an NBA player. The camp includes accommodations at the Grand America Hotel and participants will get to play on the courts at the Utah Jazz practice facility at Zion’s Bank Basketball Camp.

Two former NBA all-stars who know what it’s like to be a member of the Jazz are Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer — and they’ll be in attendance throughout the fantasy camp. They’ll put participants through drills, training, and contests — all while serving as sounding boards for those curious about life in the league.

SALT LAKE CITY – MAY 26: (RL) Carlos Boozer #5 of the Utah Jazz talks with teammate Deron Williams #8 in the third quarter against the San Antonio Spurs in Game Three of the Western Conference Finals during the 2007 NBA Playoffs at the EnergySolutions Arena on May 26, 2007 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Following a successful college career that included a national championship while at Duke, Boozer was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2002. After averaging 15.5 points and 11.4 rebounds per game in his second year, Boozer became a restricted free agent — eventually agreeing to a six -year contract with the Jazz.

His first two seasons in Utah didn’t go as planned, suffering a myriad of injuries that didn’t allow the power forward to play to his full potential. But once healthy and entering his third year with the team, Boozer blossomed into an all-star.

He averaged a double-double (points-rebounds) over the next four years, including back-to-back all-star appearances. He ended his career averaging 16.2 points and 9.5 rebounds, which were upped to 19.3 points and 10.5 rebounds with the Jazz.

After starring at Illinois, Williams immediately became Utah’s point guard of the future and Boozer’s running mate after being drafted No. 3 in 2005. Following a rookie season in which he went back and forth from the bench to starting, he broke out the following year by averaging 16.2 points and 9.3 assists in leading the Jazz to the Western Conference Finals.

He followed that up with four straight seasons of averaging a double-double (points-assists), earning two all-star nominations with the Jazz during that time. Williams finished his career with averages of 16.3 points and 8.1 assists per game — upping those numbers to 17.3 points and 9.1 assists in his six seasons with Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – APRIL 25: (L/R) Carlos Boozer #5 of the Utah Jazz and teammate Deron Williams #8 come on the court prior to game against the Denver Nuggets in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs on April 25, 2010 at the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

Not only will those in attendance have the opportunity to be coached by these legendary Jazzmen, but they will also be able to speak with owner Ryan Smith and GM Justin Zanik. They’ll also participate in a roundtable with Utah coaches, discussing the game’s finer points and the upcoming season.

Among the other highlights include an NBA Combine Testing session, lunch prepared by team chef Anthony Zamora, and an evening at TopGolf with Williams, Boozer, and other personnel.

The three-day event has a jam-packed schedule — beginning with a check-in at the Grand America Hotel on Thursday, and ending with a pictures and autographs session with Boozer and Williams on Saturday.

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