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*Update* - NAZ Suns crush Drive, win 2nd straight

NBA D-League - Northern Arizona 121, Grand Rapids 90

With the 13th annual NBA D-League Showcase right around the corner, the Northern Arizona Suns finished the first half of the 2016-17 season on a strong note.

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Player Profile: 19-year-old NAZ Suns forward Jones Jr. known for his hops

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Long-limbed, tall and slender, Northern Arizona Suns rookie forward Derrick Jones Jr. glides as easily through the air as he does across a basketball court.

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Powered by Millsap’s double-double, NAZ Suns snap 9-game losing streak

O’Bryant scores 22 points, grabs 15 rebounds in 94-88 win over OKC Blue

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Elijah Millsap and Johnny O’Bryant each recorded a double-double, Askia Booker chipped in with 18 points and Northern Arizona snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 94-88 win over Oklahoma City on Tuesday night.

D-League’s Iowa Energy fire Matt Woodley as head coach

DES MOINES, Iowa — Matt Woodley has been fired as head coach of the NBA D-League’s Iowa Energy.

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Patterson’s buzzer beater sends NAZ Suns to 9th straight loss

RENO, Nev. — Elijah Millsap scored 22 points, including a pair of free throws to put the Suns ahead by 1 in overtime with 4 seconds to play, but Reno’s Lamar Patterson hit a 25-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer, handing Northern Arizona its ninth straight loss in a 91-89 overtime heartbreaker.

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NAZ Suns lose 8th straight game

Millsap scores 25 points, O'Bryant tallies double-double in loss

PRESCOTT VALLEY — The Northern Arizona Suns appeared ready to snap a seven-game losing streak and put a dismal month of December behind them on Friday night, Jan. 6.

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Finding His Way

Bryson’s approach makes it look easy

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Michael Bryson’s approach to playing the game of basketball hasn’t changed much since his childhood days on the playgrounds of Sacramento. And what exactly is that approach? It begins and ends with one word: Passion.

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NAZ Suns surrender late rally by Warriors, drop 6th straight

O’Bryant, Gray and Cooke record double-doubles in loss

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Johnny O’Bryant, Josh Gray and Derek Cooke Jr. each had double-doubles, Askia Booker scored 21 points in his return from injury, but Northern Arizona surrendered an 18-11 game-ending spurt by Santa Cruz in a 115-108 loss on Thursday night.

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*Update* - NAZ Suns drop 5th straight in 96-94 double-OT loss to Skyforce

Millsap, O’Bryant tally double-double, Gray adds 19 points in defeat

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Elijah Millsap and Johnny O’Bryant each recorded a double-double, Josh Gray chipped in with 19 points, but Northern Arizona committed 18 turnovers and was just 5 of 12 from the free-throw line in a 96-94 double-overtime loss to Sioux Falls on Christmas night.

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NAZ loses 4th straight, falls to Oklahoma City 101-97

Suns drop to 10-5 as Blue comes from behind in final quarter

PRESCOTT VALLEY – The Phoenix Suns reassigned Derrick Jones Jr. to the Northern Arizona Suns for the third time this season on Friday, Dec. 23. But his presence alone wasn’t enough to boost the hometown NBA Development League team’s fortunes.

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NAZ Suns player profile: ‘Ski’ Cog

Although injured, NAZ Suns still leaning on floor general Askia Booker for leadership

PRESCOTT VALLEY – As Askia “Ski” Booker walked gingerly into the home locker room at Prescott Valley Event Center last week, his body language revealing frustration and disappointment.

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*Update* - Jackson torches Suns with 35 points, Legends hand Northern Arizona 3rd straight loss

Ellis records double-double, Silas nets 20 points in defeat

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Elijah Millsap had a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds, but Northern Arizona had no answer for the NBA D-League’s leading scorer as Texas’ Pierre Jackson dropped 35 points, handing the Suns a 115-99 loss Sunday afternoon.

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NAZ Suns drop second-straight contest to Warriors, 113-89

Gray scores career-high 28, O’Bryant adds 21 in loss

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Josh Gray scored a season-high 28 points, Johnny O’Bryant chipped in with 21, but a short-handed Northern Arizona club surrendered 14 3-pointers in a 113-89 loss to Santa Cruz on Friday night.

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NAZ Suns profile: Guard Shaquille Harrison shines on, off the court

PRESCOTT VALLEY – Northern Arizona Suns starting guard Shaquille Harrison’s father, Jack, not only named him after a certain famous former Los Angeles Lakers star center. As a child, he was a fan of the iconic NBA franchise, partly due to the influence of his uncle, John Francis.

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Phoenix Suns recall Jones for 2nd time this season

PHOENIX — After Tyler Ulis and Alan Williams made a one-night appearance for the Northern Arizona Suns and were recalled, Derrick Jones Jr. was also recalled by the parent-club Phoenix Suns on Thursday morning.

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Warriors end NAZ Suns’ 7-game winning streak, perfect mark at home

Williams, Ulis unable to lift Northern Arizona in debut

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Alan Williams scored 20 points on 7 of 14 shooting, Tyler Ulis chipped in with 13 points and nine assists, but Northern Arizona shot just 37 percent from the field as a team and committed 17 turnovers in a 107-93 loss to Santa Cruz on Wednesday night.

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NAZ Suns improve to 10-1 minus point guard Booker

Playing their fourth game in eight days, the Northern Arizona Suns needed everything they had to notch their seventh straight win while improving to 10-1 for the best record in the NBA Development League.

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*Update* - Millsap ‘at peace’ with the process of making it in the NBA

Askia Booker: ‘He’s trustworthy. You don’t get a better veteran than that’

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Growing up with three brothers and a single mother working three jobs just looking to make ends meet, Elijah Millsap learned at an early age that nothing comes easy.

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NBA D-League: NAZ Suns outlast Vipers in 4th, move to league-best 9-1 overall

The Northern Arizona Suns remained perfect at the Prescott Valley Event Center on Friday night, Dec. 9, improving their home record to 7-0 and their overall mark to an NBA Development League-best 9-1.

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NAZ Suns drop Vipers 110-101, lead Western Conference (PHOTO GALLERY)

O’Bryant scores 20, Silas adds four 3-pointers in win

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Johnny O’Bryant scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds, Xavier Silas hit four 3-pointers and the Northern Arizona Suns scored 30 fast-break points in a 110-101 win over Rio Grande Valley on Wednesday night.

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NAZ Suns rout Bighorns

On the night of standout guard Xavier “The X-Man” Silas’ anticipated 2016-17 season debut, the Northern Arizona Suns did not disappoint.

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NAZ Suns activate Silas, trade 2016 draft pick Mays to 87ers

PRESCOTT VALLEY — After missing all of training camp and the first three weeks of the season, Xavier Silas was activated by the Northern Arizona Suns on Friday afternoon.

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Standing Tall: NAZ Suns’ center Johnny O’Bryant making waves in NBA D-League

PRESCOTT VALLEY — A career in the NBA is something so few dreamers are afforded the chance to realize, and sometimes those who make it tend to forget where they come from. For Northern Arizona Suns’ center Johnny O’Bryant, however, the objective is clear: Make it in the NBA, but don’t forget what got you there to begin with.

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NAZ Suns pick up third straight win, drop Salt Lake City 103-78

O'Bryant, Millsap each score 17 points

SALT LAKE CITY — Johnny O’Bryant and Elijah Millsap each scored 17 points, rookie Michael Bryson added a career-high 12 and the Northern Arizona Suns shot 51 percent from the field, including nine 3-pointers, in a 103-78 rout over Salt Lake City on Tuesday night.

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Gray records triple double, NAZ Suns drop defending D-League champs

Coach Ellis: ‘Josh Gray grew tonight’

PRESCOTT VALLEY — Recording the first triple double in Northern Arizona Suns history, Josh Gray led the charge with 24 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in a 98-89 win over defending NBA D-League champion Sioux Falls on Sunday afternoon.

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