The upcoming season for the Northern Arizona Suns is shaping up to be the most fun in the franchise’s history, with two-way guard and March Madness star Jared Harper in addition to undrafted rookie Jalen Lecque and G League No. 1 overall pick Anthony Lawrence Jr. leading the way.
Those three did not disappoint in their debut on Saturday night, even as the NAZ Suns fell to the Agua Caliente Clippers, 121-120.
Harper, the slithery sharpshooter who nearly took Auburn to the national championship game six months ago, set the NAZ record for points in a game with 34. He also added eight assists and five rebounds.
This guy is so valuable to have around at NAZ after four years in college. He will make players like Lecque and Lawrence better.
Speaking of Lecque, the rookie got off to a strong start as well, scoring 14 points:
Those types of transition finishes and secondary playmaking opportunities only come because Harper is there to initiate offense and take pressure of Lecque.
Though Lecque is clearly the focal point of the NAZ group, I’m fascinated by Lawrence, a huge wing who would give the Phoenix roster something they don’t really have right now as a long, athletic combo forward with legit positional size and strength.
He set the franchise record for the most rebounds in a season-opener with 13. Now, dominating G League players physically isn’t a surprise for a guy on the fringes of NBA Draft boards, but it’s impressive to see him hit the ground running. Anything a franchise gets from players its G League franchise drafts is purely icing on the cake.
Maybe you live in the northern part of our large state, or vacation up there frequently. If so, take the trip up to Prescott Valley to watch the NAZ Suns this year. The franchise finally has stability in the coaching staff and front office and with some genuinely fun players, they should put on a show every night.