Northern Arizona Suns Claim Johnny O’Bryant

By Jacob Withee | November 11, 2016

The Northern Arizona Suns announced an addition to their Opening Night roster Friday. The Suns claimed Johnny O’Bryant from the Available Player Pool, making him the 13th player on their roster for their first game against the Iowa Energy.

The Suns kick off the 2016 NBA Development League regular season Saturday night at the Prescott Valley Event Center at 7 p.m.

O’Bryant, listed at 6-feet 9-inches and 257 pounds, comes to the Suns from the Washington Wizards. He played in four preseason games this season and averaged 6.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 16.5 minutes. He was waived by the Wizards on Oct. 22.

The 23-year-old played the last two seasons in the NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks, the team that selected him in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft, 36th overall. He played in 66 games for the Bucks last season, starting four of them, and averaged 3.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 13.0 minutes.

He’s played in 100 regular season games in his NBA career and started in 19 of those contests.

O’Bryant entered that 2014 NBA Draft early after he played three years at Louisiana State University. In his final season with the team, he averaged 15.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He started in 34 games that year.

The Suns’ roster now looks like:

Daniel Alexander 9 F 6-9 217 7-18-91 Grand Canyon/USA Local Tryout
Gracin Bakumanya 4 C 6-11 220 7-27-97 Congo Affiliate
Askia Booker 6 G 6-1 170 8-31-93 Colorado/USA Returning
Michael Bryson 33 G 6-4 200 9-30-94 UC Santa Barbara/USA Drafted
Derek Cooke Jr. 11 F 6-9 220 8-23-91 Wyoming/USA Returning
Josh Gray 5 G 6-1 180 9-9-93 LSU/USA Local Tryout
Shaquille Harrison 3 G 6-4 189 10-6-93 Tulsa/USA Affiliate
Derrick Jones Jr. 1 F 6-7 190 2-15-97 UNLV/USA Assigned
Greg Mays 21 F 6-8 220 1-30-93 UW-Green Bay/USA Drafted
Elijah Millsap 7 G 6-6 215 8-12-87 Alabama at Birmingham/USA Returning
Johnny O’Bryant 24 F 6-9 257 6-1-93 LSU/USA Claimed
Xavier Silas 13 G 6-5 198 1-22-88 Northern Illinois/USA Returning
Asaad Woods 23 G 6-4 215 6-27-92 Limestone College/USA Local Tryout

The NAZ Suns inaugural season tips off on Saturday, Nov. 12th at 7 p.m. against the Iowa Energy at the Prescott Valley Event Center. The team is excited to bring affordable, family-friendly entertainment and quality basketball to Northern Arizona. A variety of season ticket membership packages are available, with packages starting as low as $8 per game for the full season.