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NAZ Suns Claim NBA Veteran, Make Other Roster Moves

By Jacob Withee | February 6, 2018

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona Suns made three roster moves ahead of Tuesday night’s home game against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

The Suns acquired forward/center Lavoy Allen and guard Tyrell Corbin. In a related move, the team waived forward Zach Andrews.

Northern Arizona’s roster consists of 12 players.

Allen (6-9, 260 pounds) was claimed off waivers by Northern Arizona. He played the last six years in the NBA, most recently with the Indiana Pacers.

He was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 50th overall selection in the 2011 NBA Draft. Over the next three years, he played 171 regular season games with Philadelphia (54 starts) and averaged 5.2 points and 4.9 rebounds. He was traded in February of 2014 to Indiana along with Evan Turner in exchange for Danny Granger. He played through the 2016-17 season with the Pacers, averaging 4.4 points and 4.6 rebounds in 217 regular season games (33 starts).

Overall, the 29-year-old averaged 4.8 points on 47.1 percent shooting and 4.8 rebounds in 388 career regular season games (87 starts) in the NBA. He also played in 25 career playoff games, making it as far as the Eastern Conference Finals in 2013-14 with Indiana.

Allen, a Mooresville, Pennsylvania native, joins a former teammate in Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson on the Northern Arizona Suns. Both played together at Temple from 2009-11, Allen’s junior and senior campaigns, Hollis-Jefferson’s freshman and sophomore years. As teammates, they took the Owls as far as the Round of 32 in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, knocking off Penn State in the first round before losing to San Diego State in the second. Allen was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team in 2008, the Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team from 2009-2011, the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Third Team in 2009, and the Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team in 2010 and 2011. He played 135 total games for Temple (130 starts), averaging 10.5 points on 53.4 percent shooting, 8.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in his collegiate career.

Corbin (6-1, 185 pounds) was added from the Available Player Pool. He was a member of the Charlotte Hornets Summer League team this past offseason, totaling 18 points and seven assists in three games.

The 25-year-old played his last two years collegiately at California State Bakersfield. He averaged 5.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists for the Roadrunners in 65 games (37 starts). In 2012-13, he led Salt Lake Community College to a 29-5 record while averaging 10.3 points, 4.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 31 games. His team advanced to the second round of the NJCAA National Championship Tournament. He began his collegiate career at University of California, Davis, where he played in 30 games.

Corbin was named “Mr. Basketball” by the Deseret News in 2011 after a stellar career at West High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was selected to the All-State team three times and was even named West Region MVP in 2010. In seven years prior to Corbin’s arrival, West High school had one winning season. As a fulltime starter his last three years, West went 58-12.

Tyrell is the son of current Phoenix Suns assistant coach Tyrone Corbin. Tyrone has been with Phoenix for the last two years after coaching two years with the Sacramento Kings (28 games as the head coach) and 11 years coaching with the Utah Jazz, including 2010-14 as the head coach. He played over 1,000 games in the NBA from 1985-2001 for nine different teams.

Andrews (6-9, 230) played three games with the NAZ Suns this season. He played two games at the beginning of the year, and played Saturday after getting added to the team again on Friday. He tallied two points and six rebounds in 21 minutes for Northern Arizona this year.