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UMBC star Jairus Lyles ready to compete for Jazz roster spot after signing two-way deal

UMBC star Jairus Lyles ready to compete for Jazz roster spot after signing two-way deal

After Jairus Lyles, the star of 16th-seeded UMBC’s upset of No. 1 seed Virginia in this past March’s NCAA tournament, learned the Utah Jazz had offered him a two-way contract, he was awed by his dream inching closer to becoming true.

“It’s incredible,” he said Saturday, two days after signing with the Jazz. “It’s only a [two-way] contract, but just to say that I signed an NBA contract, coming where I come from, it’s just an incredible feeling, a blessing, a very humbling feeling.”

Lyles, 23, has played with the Jazz during Summer League play, used in a secondary role off the bench. The 6-foot-2 guard entered Saturday averaging 7.5 points, 3.8...

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