Miye Oni shines in Utah Jazz’s third Summer League game

Miye Oni excelled for the Utah Jazz in its third and final Salt Lake City Summer League game Wednesday night, breaking out with an impressive performance after contributing little offensively in the Jazz’s first game and not playing at all in the second.

Oni contributed 17 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block as the Jazz posted an 84-81 win over the San Antonio Spurs at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

“The coaches gave me a lot of confidence to just go out there and play my game,” Oni said according to the Deseret News. “I was a little passive in Game 1. I thought I was just trying to let the game come to me maybe a little too much, so I wanted to take the opportunities I had still within the offense and just play good team basketball. I felt like we did that tonight.”

Oni’s improved performance on the offensive end of the floor especially wasn’t a surprise to Utah summer league coach Lamar Skeeter.

“It’s a little similar to how Justin was yesterday,” Skeeter said, per the Deseret News. “Some of these guys, they get their first game and it’s a lot — the game’s fast, there’s a lot to think about, there’s a lot going on. Once guys can get that first game under their belt, generally the second game is a little bit better for them. I think that was the case tonight.”

Skeeter called Oni “a great kid” who “wants to get better.”

“(H)e wants to learn and grow as player,” Skeeter said. Guys like that, (there’s) no telling what their ceiling is or where they can go.”

The Salt Lake Tribune called Oni’s movements Wednesday night “seemingly effortless,” noting a second-quarter sequence in which Oni hustled weakside to reject a layup attempt, corralled the rebound and then broke up a 2-on-1 fastbreak a few plays later.

Game highlights via House of Highlights:

Miye Oni’s postgame thoughts via Eric Walden of the Salt Lake Tribune:

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