NAZ Suns announce 2018-19 roster ahead of Saturday’s opening night
NBA G League
Updated as of Thursday, November 1, 2018 11:50 PM
Returner Tidjan Keita waived; local tryout Retin Obasohan makes club
PRESCOTT VALLEY — With training camp wrapping up earlier in the day, the Northern Arizona Suns released their 2018-19 roster Thursday night.
Tyrell Corbin, Eric Stuteville and Peter Jok are the only three players returning from a season ago, while Derek Cooke Jr. rejoins the club after a year-long stint playing overseas.
Northern Arizona is scheduled to open the season at home this weekend, hosting the Santa Cruz Warriors on Saturday at the Prescott Valley Event Center.
Friday is technically the NBA G League’s opening night, with seven games slated across the country, while 11 are set for Saturday.
The Suns waived five players this week, most surprisingly Tidjan Keita. The 6-foot-10 forward was cut Thursday in effort to meet the league’s roster deadline ahead of opening night.
“He’s a great guy. He’s improving, he got a lot better and has really improved since last year. Unfortunately, at this point, there are a couple of guys in front of him at his position,” interim Suns General Manager Dylan DeBusk said Thursday. “We have to construct the roster with balance positionally, and make sure we have all the posts depth wise filled.”
Others waived included local tryout players Anthony Lefeau, Wayne McCullough and James Pegues, while former Cincinnati standout Shaquille Thomas was also let go.
Northern Arizona did keep one local tryout player on its roster, as 6-foot-3 guard Retin Obasohan out of Alabama made the club.
“Retin is a really talented player. He played at a very high level in college. We are excited to have him and get him on the court, and see what he can do from the point guard spot. He’s a big, strong, physical athlete,” DeBusk said. “He will help us.”
Per league rules, clubs are required to have only 10 players on their roster, with those under two-way contracts with the NBA allowed in addition to the 10.
This means the Suns will likely carry 11 this season, with 6-foot-6 forward George King being the player under two-way contract. It is unknown whether or not the Phoenix Suns will sign a second two-way player this season.
Others making the club include former William & Mary standout Daniel Dixon, No. 6 overall NBA G League draft pick Aaron Epps (LSU) and Daxter Miles Jr. (West Virginia), who was acquired in a trade on the eve of the draft from Maine.
A.J Mosby (Alcorn State) and LaQuinton Ross (Ohio State) have also made the club.
OTHER PLAYERS OUT THERE?
With players hitting the waiver wire league-wide Thursday, DeBusk said the Suns will be keeping their eye out for a player that potentially could fit in.
“We’ll evaluate the players that get waived and see if there’s a possibility of an upgrade to see if there’s someone we like,” DeBusk said. “We’ll evaluate all options. But we’re happy with the 11 guys we have now and are looking forward to getting the season started.”
Brian M. Bergner Jr. is news/sports editor for The Daily Courier of Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and SoundCloud at @TheEditorDesk. Email email@example.com or call 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.
2018-19 Northern Arizona Suns Roster
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. College Status
Derek Cooke Jr. F 6-9 220 Wyoming Returning
Tyrell Corbin G 6-1 185 Cal State-Bakersfield Returning
Daniel Dixon G 6-6 210 William &Mary Trade
Aaron Epps F 6-10 214 LSU Drafted
Peter Jok F 6-6 205 Iowa Returning
George King F 6-6 220 Colorado Two-Way
Daxter Miles Jr. G 6-3 200 West Virginia Trade
A.J. Mosby G 6-3 160 Alcorn State Drafted
Retin Obasohan G 6-3 220 Alabama Local Tryout
LaQuinton Ross F 6-8 220 Ohio State Drafted
Eric Stuteville C 6-11 250 Sacramento State Returning