In a development league, it’s hard to find someone who stayed truer to the definition than Northern Arizona Suns guard Retin Obasohan. He was one of the most improved players within this past season across the league.
Obasohan didn’t see his first action of 2018-19 until Nov. 30, missing the first 11 Suns games because of a previous right lower leg injury. The rookie worked his way back from injury, and in his sixth game back, he showed how dangerous he could be. Obasohan tallied 15 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals against the Capital City Go-Go on Dec. 11.
He was primarily a distributor through the rest of 2018 before transitioning into a real scoring threat in 2019. On Jan. 9 at Wisconsin, he had his first big scoring output, dropping 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting, to go with seven assists and two steals. On Jan. 19, explosive Obasohan came to stay the rest of the season. He tallied 10 points and eight assists in the game, but most importantly, he made the game-winning and-1 layup with 6.3 seconds left to beat the Texas Legends 117-116.
Including that game, Obasohan never scored fewer than 10 points the rest of the year, ending his season on a career-long 15-game streak of scoring in double figures. Before the stretch, he had 10+ points four times all season.
On Jan. 29, Obasohan made his first start, and he never came off the bench again. In that contest against Stockton, the Alabama alumnus recorded 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting, six rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block. His next game, he dished 10 assists, and his next game after that he recorded 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. He scored a career-high 30 points (11-16 FG, 8-8 FT, five rebounds, five assists, two steals) against Agua Caliente on March 12. He achieved his first career triple-double, and the only one by a Suns player this season, on March 10 vs. Texas with 15 points (5-7 FG, 5-6 FT), 12 assists, 11 rebounds and two steals.
When getting the start in his last 14 games of the year, Obasohan was incredible. He averaged 17.6 points (49.1 FG%, 40.0 3PT%, 73.3 FT%), 6.9 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 32.2 minutes per game. He added four double-doubles and one triple-double. He showed massive improvement from his first half, where off the bench in 19 games he averaged 8.1 points (38.8 FG%, 8.0 3PT%, 61.4 FT%), 4.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 22.2 minutes per game.
He finished the year with the most free throw makes on the team (120) and the second most assists (176). In all of 2018-19, Obasohan averaged 12.1 points, 5.3 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 33 games (14 starts).
The intensity and power were apparent all year for @Oballsohard 💪 He balled out in the latter half, averaging 17.6 PPG and 6.9 APG when getting the start.
Retin Obasohan Season Highlights 👇 pic.twitter.com/079GBAEUjq
— NAZ Suns (@nazsuns) April 17, 2019
It’s clear Obasohan has the all-around game to be a difference maker anywhere he plays. Look for big things to come from him soon.