Dallas Mavericks star forward Dirk Nowitzki helps put on his Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game annually at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas.
The game on Saturday benefits the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and Heroes Foundation charities. On Friday, some of the current Mavericks players attending the event took batting practice.
Mavericks forward Jarrod Uthoff, who played at Iowa from 2013-16, engaged in some practice swings and looked pretty good.
Other players, such as Nowitzki, didn’t appear to swing the bat as comfortably.
Uthoff was named Iowa’s Mr. Basketball in 2011 before committing to Wisconsin, only to transfer to his home state’s school. Uthoff, 24, was eligible for the 2016 NBA Draft but did not get selected.
The former Hawkeyes standout spent some time in the NBA G-League this past season with the Raptors 905 and Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Following the G-League stints, Uthoff played under two 10-day contracts with the Mavericks before signing a multi-year deal with the team.