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NAZ Suns Select Eric Stuteville with First Overall Pick

By Jacob Withee | October 21, 2017

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona Suns made Eric Stuteville their selection with the top overall pick in the 2017 NBA G League Draft on Saturday.

The Suns also drafted Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson (first round, No. 6 overall) and Jay Wright (first round, No. 11 overall). Northern Arizona chose to pass on their 35th overall pick, concluding their draft with three selections.

Stuteville, a 6-foot 11-inch 250-pound center, is coming off a stellar four-year career at Sacramento State. He played on the Sacramento Kings Summer League team in Las Vegas, where he appeared in three games.

Going undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft, Stuteville, 22, played 125 career games, making 91 starts, over the course of four years with the Sacramento State Hornets. He saw his best season his senior year, where he averaged 11.6 points on 63.2 percent shooting, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 26.8 minutes per game. His 63.2 percent clip from the field is the best shooting mark in Sacramento State history.

In 2016-17, Stuteville ranked second in field goal percentage, second in blocks per game, second in offensive rebounds per game (2.9), and 10th in rebounds per game in the Big Sky. He was even named Big Sky Player of the Week after averaging 20.0 points and 13.0 rebounds in wins over Weber State and Idaho State.

The Orangevale, California, native became the first center in school history to score 1,000 career points and finished his four-year career with 1,013 points. His 125 games played is a school record, and he finished just three blocks shy (149) of owning another school record. In the program’s history, he is fifth in career rebounds (558) and tied for fifth in career field goal percentage (.562).

Hollis-Jefferson is a 6-foot 6-inch, 215-pound forward who played for the Detroit Pistons Summer League Team in 2017.

He was a member of the Orangeville A’s of the National Basketball League of Canada in 2016-17, where he averaged 18.1 points on 46.5 percent shooting, 7.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.2 steals per game. He played a total of 38 games for the A’s and earned Defensive Player of the Year honors.

The 26-year-old is no stranger to the NBA G League, as he was with the Delaware 87ers in 2014-15. He played in 36 games (four starts) in his lone season in the league and averaged 5.1 points on 46.8 percent shooting, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 16.2 minutes per game.

Hollis-Jefferson is a Chester, Pennsylvania, native who played four years at Temple. He played 126 career games in college from 2009-13, averaging 6.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.

Wright is a 6-foot 1-inch, 165-pound guard who played four years at Louisiana-Lafayette.

Undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft, Wright joins the Suns after a stellar collegiate career. The 23-year-old played 101 career games with the Ragin’ Cajuns, posting an 11.4 points per game average. He also averaged 2.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.4 steals in 29.7 minutes per game.

Wright’s best statistical season came in 2016-17, where he averaged 16.2 points on 44.8 percent shooting, 2.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.0 steals per game. He was the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year and was named to the All-Sun Belt Second Team.

Season tickets are now on sale for the Northern Arizona Suns’ second year in the NBA G League. Visit nazsuns.com/memberships to view available full or half season membership options at the Prescott Valley Event Center. Season tickets start at just $192 and come with a plethora of benefits, including first right of refusal for playoff tickets and exclusive events with the team.

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