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2009 EBC MVP Sundiata Gaines was the first from the playground summer tournament circuit to sign with the Jazz and now, Othyus Jeffers, a young streetballer from Chicago, was given a 10-day contract yesterday, and the beneficiary again is Utah. If your wondering, his name is pronounced (OH-THEE-US).

Gotta give a “board clap,” some “cookies,” and a straight “spincycle” to the scouts of the Jazz for making a strong move on another player with deep summer tournament ball respect. In straight “runson” that’s an “easy call-up,” “a steal,” and “he’s got tight game” respectively.

Bounce had him ranked in our Chicago Issue back in ‘08 as one of the top summer league performers on the city leagues pro-am circuit that year. Dime Magazine featured Jeffers last month as a frustrated baller who openly wondered why he hadn’t received an NBA call up after bagging the 2008 NBDL Rookie of the Year and earning a 2009 NBDL All-Star Team selection. Read More »

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In case you missed my coverage of the Entertainers Basketball Classic (EBC) this past summer, Sundiata “Yatta” Gaines led team Prime Time to a championship and earned MVP honors at Rucker Park.

**Note: Bounce Magazine’s own editor-in-chief Sean Couch even dubbed Yatta as NBA-bound at the beginning of the summer.

After signing with the Read More »

Yatta blows past a defender at Pro City. Photo: Kevin Couliau.

Sundiata Gaines, who has terrorized New York summer leagues since graduating from Georgia in 2008, has signed a 10-day contract with the Utah Jazz, according to the team’s Web site.

Gaines had been averaging almost 25 points, five rebounds and seven assists with the Idaho Stampede of the D-league.

When I asked him about his NBA prospects for a story I wrote in the summer of 2008, he said, “I’m gonna keep working on my game. If I keep working hard, I think I can make it. G.M.’s have told me I’m talented enough.”

Best of luck to Yatta.