Former UMBC star Lyles signs deal with Utah Jazz

July 15, 2018 | WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

Salt Lake City, Utah – The Utah Jazz announced that the team has signed guard Jairus Lyles. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.

Lyles is currently competing for the Utah Jazz entry at the 2018 NBA Las Vegas Summer League, appearing in one game, notching 11 points, four rebounds and four assists in a 90-85 win against the New York Knicks. He also appeared in two games at the 2018 Utah Jazz Summer League, averaging 7.0 points, 3.5 boards and 2.0 assists in 15.5 minutes per contest.

The Jazz added Lyles to their NBA Summer League team on June 28.

Lyles became the first Retriever to compete on a team in the 12 years that the NBA has sponsored summer league play.

The team hosted the 2018 Utah Jazz Summer League on July 2, 3 and 5 in downtown Salt Lake City at Vivint Smart Home Arena and are currently competing in Las Vegas for the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018, a 12-day, 82-game event at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the University of Nevada Las Vegas campus.

Lyles produced one of the most productive seasons and clutch post-seasons in school history. He led the Retrievers to an America East title, scoring 27 points, including a buzzer-beating trey to propel UMBC over Vermont, 65-62. Six days later, the versatile guard converted 9-of-11 field goal attempts, netting 28 points as the Retrievers became the first-ever No. 16 seed to defeat a No. 1 seed in UMBC’s 74-54 victory over Virginia.

Lyles scored the most points in a single season in school history with 665 and became UMBC’s first America East First Team selection in a decade.

Despite only playing 86 games in parts of three seasons at UMBC, Lyles finished his career second on the UMBC all-time scoring list with 1,751 points. He became the only UMBC men’s basketball player in program history to average more than 20.0 points per game at 20.4. He also set a new school mark by connecting on 380 free throws.

Under first-year head coach Quin Snyder, the Jazz posted a 48-34 regular season record, good for fifth place in the tough Western Conference. Utah upset No. 4 Oklahoma City, 4-2, before falling, 4-1, to the Houston Rockets.