First-round Draft Selection Curtis Borchardt Signs With Utah Jazz

July 13, 2002

Salt Lake City (AP) - First-round draft pick Curtis Borchardt, acquired by the Jazz in a trade at the NBA draft, signed a three-year contract Friday with Utah.

Borchardt, a 7-foot center from Stanford, was taken by Orlando with the 18th overall selection, then traded for Utah's first-round choice, Notre Dame forward Ryan Humprey, and a second-round selection.

Under terms of the NBA's collective bargaining agreement, Borchardt will receive $928,100 next season and $2.99 million over three seasons. The contract includes a team option for a fourth year at $1.64 million.

Borchardt left Stanford University after his junior season, when he averaged 16.9 points and ranked third nationally with an 11.4 rebounding average. In three seasons, he averaged 10.2 points and 7.2 rebounds but was slowed by a stress fracture in his right foot that required surgery.

Borchardt is expected to report Monday for Utah's summer training camp.

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