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Cooke, Stuteville highlight NAZ Suns training camp roster
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Derek Cooke Jr., left, and Eric Stuteville are two of 15 players on the training camp roster for the Northern Arizona Suns, which was released Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. Training camp for the Suns begins Monday. (NAZ Suns/Courtesy)

Derek Cooke Jr., left, and Eric Stuteville are two of 15 players on the training camp roster for the Northern Arizona Suns, which was released Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. Training camp for the Suns begins Monday. (NAZ Suns/Courtesy)

Suns to host media day, begin training camp Monday

PRESCOTT VALLEY — The Northern Arizona Suns released their 2018-19 training camp roster Sunday afternoon, with Derek Cooke Jr. and Eric Stuteville highlighting a largely unknown group of players coming to the NBA G League club in Prescott Valley.

Peter Jok, Tidjan Keita and Tyrell Corbin also return, but have played just 36 games between them for the Suns.

Jok played in the bulk of those games, appearing in 27 for Northern Arizona last season. Playing at Iowa collegiately, the Sudan native managed only 12 minutes per game and spent much of the season battling injury.

Cooke appeared in all 50 games during the inaugural 2016-17 season in Prescott Valley, averaging 7.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. The former Wyoming standout spent his 2017-18 season playing for the Perth Wildcats of the National Basketball League.

Stuteville, Northern Arizona’s No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA G League Draft, managed to start 18 games for the Suns a season ago, playing in 43 total. The Sacramento State graduate largely served as a backup to Alec Peters, who was a second round NBA draft pick by Phoenix out of Valparaiso a year ago and was under a two-way contract with the parent club.

Peters signed a one-year deal to play with the EuroLeague’s CSKA Moscow club in July.

George King, currently playing under a two-way contract with Phoenix, will also be in camp for Northern Arizona, as will recent NBA G League Draft picks Aaron Epps, A.J. Mosby and LaQuinton Ross.

Phoenix does not currently have another two-way player under contract.

DRAFT DAY TRADE

After the 2018 G League draft was complete Saturday, Northern Arizona acquired No. 11 overall pick Daxter Miles Jr. from the Iowa Wolves and the club’s second round pick in 2019.

In return, the Suns sent the returning player rights to Xavier Silas, and their 2018 No. 16 pick, Roddy Peters, to Iowa.

Silas spent his last two seasons in Prescott Valley before the Boston Celtics called him up March 28. He is the all-time three-point leader for Northern Arizona with 275 total made 3-pointers, and only second to Josh Gray (1,544) in all-time points scored for the Suns with 1,409.

TRYOUT PLAYERS

Anthony Lefeau, Wayne McCullough, Retin Obasohan and James Pegues were invited to training camp as local tryout players.

Shaquille Thomas rounds out the 15-man training camp roster after being acquired via trade earlier this week.

UP NEXT

Training camp for the 2018-19 season begins Monday with Suns media day. The Suns are scheduled to play the South Bay Lakers in a scrimmage game at noon Saturday, Oct. 27, in El Segundo, California. The regular season starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, when Northern Arizona hosts the Santa Cruz Warriors at the Prescott Valley Event Center.

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 bbergner@prescottaz.com or call 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.

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