SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Jazz players are doing their part beyond the basketball court. On Tuesday, Donovan Mitchell and Ekpe Udoh spoke to West High School students in Salt Lake City about the game of life.
While many of the questions focused on basketball, students took home more than just some pre-game pointers, like the responsibility of social media.
"If we comment on anything, we can't, we’re under such a small microscope and that’s the just responsibility we have," said Mitchell.
Questions were sent to the Jazz through social media.
The guys talked about the importance of networking, face-to-face conversations and reading. Udoh plugged his book club.
Plus, the players reminded students to care about their classes, not just "major in basketball," for example, and appreciate every second of what they’re participating in.
The West High students in attendance were either basketball players or student body representatives.
"It was just kind of cool to hear their take about school and their work ethics," said student senator Clarissa Sandstrom.
“Like, yeah, they’re famous. Yeah, they put in work, but we have to realize that they’re people just like us. They’re funny, goofy personalities, and so it was great to really experience that for myself,” said varsity basketball player Samson Osime.
Osime used his opportunity to ask a question to see if Mitchell would go to one of their games. He said yes, if he can make it work with their schedule.
A girls’ team representative jumped in to see if Mitchell would go to one of theirs too. He said the same.
You can watch the interview in its entirety on the Utah Jazz Facebook page.
As for the upcoming season, Udoh says despite a 4-0 preseason start, the team has to continue to get better — another lesson for students, this one about not resting on your laurels.