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Training camp begins for NAZ Suns in Prescott Valley

Northern Arizona Suns head coach Tyrone Ellis speaks with his team in between drills during the first day of training camp Tuesday, Nov. 1. (Brian M. Bergner Jr./The Daily Courier)

Northern Arizona Suns head coach Tyrone Ellis speaks with his team in between drills during the first day of training camp Tuesday, Nov. 1. (Brian M. Bergner Jr./The Daily Courier)

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PRESCOTT VALLEY — With 10 days until NBA D-League rules require clubs to trim rosters, the Northern Arizona Suns held a spirited workout on the first day of training camp Tuesday afternoon.

Fifteen players were listed on the training camp roster when it was released Monday afternoon, with five players held over from the team’s days in Bakersfield, California, last season.

D-League clubs are required to cut their rosters down to 10 players by Thursday, Nov. 10, with the 11th roster position not paid, according to Northern Arizona assistant general manager Louis Lehman.

Players returning include Elijah Millsap, Askia Booker and former Arizona State Sun Devil guard Bo Barnes. Derek Cooke Jr., a Wyoming product who made the club as a local tryout last season, also returns.

Xavier Silas was not in camp Tuesday due to the birth of his child, but is expected to join the Suns at some point this week.

Others on the training camp roster for Northern Arizona include affiliate players Gracin Bakumanya and Shaquille Harrison, while Michael Bryson, Greg Mays, Mikh McKinney and Ralph Sampson III were all selected by the Suns in Sunday’s NBA D-League Draft.

Daniel Alexander, Josh Gray, Langston Morris-Walker and Asaad Woods were all invited to training camp after making it through two local tryouts, the first at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix on Sept. 18, and the second at Prescott Valley Event Center on Oct. 8.

The Suns host the Los Angeles D-Fenders for a scrimmage contest Sunday, Nov. 6, and the club opens its inaugural season Saturday, Nov. 12, at home against the Iowa Energy.

Brian M. Bergner Jr. is a sports writer and columnist for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram, Periscope and SoundCloud at @SportsWriter52, or on Facebook at @SportsAboveTheFold. Reach him by phone at 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.