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SALT LAKE CITY (December 6, 2007) - Utah Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor announced today that the team has assigned rookie guard Morris Almond and rookie center Kyrylo Fesenko to the Utah Flash of the NBA Development League (D-League).
Almond, a 6-6, 225-pound guard out of Rice has appeared in three games for the Jazz, playing a total of 12 scoreless minutes. He has spent 14 games on the inactive list. Almond was selected by the Jazz in the first round (25th overall selection) of the 2007 NBA Draft.
Fesenko, a 7-1, 288-pound center was previously assigned to the Flash on November 10 before being recalled on November 30. He appeared in four games (all starts) for the Flash, averaging 13.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.25 blocks while shooting .611 from the floor. The 20-year-old native of the Ukraine has appeared in one game for the Jazz, scoring six points and grabbing seven rebounds in 17 minutes in a 120-96 Jazz win over the Los Angeles Lakers the night he was recalled. Originally selected by Philadelphia with in the second round (38th overall selection) of the 2007 NBA Draft, the Jazz acquired Fesenko's rights in a draft night deal that sent the draft rights to Herbert Hill (55th overall pick) and trade considerations to the 76ers.
Almond becomes the third Jazz player ever assigned to the D-League, joining Fesenko and guard C.J. Miles who was assigned to the D-League each of the previous two seasons by the Jazz. Miles appeared in a combined 19 games for the Albuquerque Thunderbirds (2005-06) and Idaho Stampede (2006-07).
The NBA Development League also includes the Albuquerque Thunderbirds (N.M.), Anaheim Arsenal (Calif.), Austin Toros (Texas), Bakersfield Jam (Calif.), Colorado 14ers (Broomfield), Dakota Wizards (Bismarck, N.D.), Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Ind.), Idaho Stampede (Boise), Iowa Energy (Des Moines), Los Angeles D-Fenders, Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Texas), Sioux Falls Skyforce (S.D.) and Tulsa 66ers (Okla.).