Draft day has come and gone. The Phoenix Suns drafted… no one.
There is a new name out there associated with the purple and orange, though. No, not Landry Shamet. That would be too easy.
This name is going to throw a curve ball at every one covering the team, especially if it pans out for him and he finds his way onto the actual roster.
Jalen Smith…er Jaleen Smith. See, I’m already mixed up. Yep, I’m serious. It’s the exact same name and spelling, just with an extra letter e in there.
Per Donatas Urbonas, a basketball journalist from Lithuania, the German League MVP will join the Phoenix Suns Summer League team.
Ah yes a Jaleen Smith and Jalen Smith to fully test what my brain has left at summer league before vacation https://t.co/zebokJAOwm— Kellan Olson (@KellanOlson) July 29, 2021
Kellan said it best right there. Fun stuff.
For anyone wondering what players will be on the summer roster for the Suns, here are the names I’ve seen and a little bit of information on each player, starting with Jalen Smith… I mean Jaleen Smith.
Rumored Suns Summer League roster invites
Jaleen Smith - PG
6-4 205, 26 years old
Last Played For: Riesen Ludwigsburg of the BBL (Highest level of pro basketball in Germany)
2020-21 Stats: 41-33-87 shooting splits, 2.1 3PM, 15.2 pts, 5.2 asts, 5.1 rebs, 1.7 stls and 2.1 tos
Spent 4 seasons at New Hampshire - 2013-17
Vitto Brown - F
6-8 235, 26 years old
Last Played For: LeMans of LNB Pro A (Top-tier men’s pro basketball in France)
2020-21 Stats: 44-40-78 shooting splits, 1.4 3PM, 9.9 pts, 3.5 rebs, 0.4 stls and 0.4 blks in 20.8 mins
Spent 4 seasons at Wisconsin - 2013-17
Justin Simon - SG
6-5 215, 25 years old
Last Played For: Illawara Hawks of NBL (Premier pro basketball league of Australia and New Zealand)
2020-21 Stats: - 41-24-52 shooting splits, 0.4 3PM, 8.6 pts, 5.6 rebs, 2.1 asts, 1.8 stls and 0.6 blks
Named Best Defensive Player
Spent 1 season at Arizona - 2015-16, 2 seasons at St. John’s - 2017-19
Tyrique Jones - PF
6-9 240, 24 years old
Last Played For: Hapoel Tel Aviv of Israeli Basketball Premier League
2020-21 Stats: 68% FG and 76% FT, 13.9 pts, 7.8 rebs, 1.2 stls and 1.3 blks in 28.7 mins
Spent 4 seasons at Xavier - 2016-20
Karim Jallow - SG-SF
6-6 198, 24 years old
Last Played For: ratiopharm Ulm of the BBL
2020-21 Stats: 50-36-75 shooting splits, 1.2 3Ps, 14.8 pts, 4.5 rebs, 2.0 asts, 0.8 stls and 2.3 tos
Played in Germany since 2015
Jo Lual Acuil Jr - C
7-0 225, 27 years old
Last Played For: Geelong Supercats of NBL1 (Semi-Professional league in Australia)
2020-21 Stats: - 56% FG and 77% FT, 9.5 pts, 5.4 rebs and 1.2 blks in 17 mins
Named Best Sixth Man and Champion
Played International since 2019 after 2 seasons at Baylor – 2016-18
Zach Hankins - C
6-11 245, 25 years old
Signed with South East Melbourne Phoenix of the NBL on July 27 after not playing ball last season
Last Played For: Maccabi Rishon LeZion of Israeli Basketball Premier League (2020)
Stats in Israeli League: 64% FG and 59% FT, 12.5 pts, 6.6 rebs and 0.7 blks in 25.6 mins
Played International since 2019 after 3 seasons at Ferris State (2015-18) and 1 season at Xavier (2018-19)
Emmanuel Nzekwesi - PF
6-8 240, 23 years old
Last Played For: ZZ Leiden of the Dutch Basketball League - DBL
2020-21 Stats: 63-40-67 shooting splits, 0.4 3PM, 20.3 pts, 8.5 rebs, 1.6 stls and 0.6 blks
Named DBL ROY, All-Star, Scoring Champion and MVP, Selected to DBL All-Defense Team
Spent 4 seasons at Oral Roberts – 2016-20
Jon Axel Gudmundsson - G
6-5 200, 24 years old
Last Played For: Fraport Skyliners of the BBL
2020-21 Stats: 40-37-75 shooting splits, 2.1 3PM, 12.6 pts, 3.7 asts, 3.3 rebs, 1.2 stls and 2.3 tos
Spent 4 seasons at Davidson – 2016-20
Trey Kell - G
6-4 210, 25 years old
Last Played For: BM Slam Stal Ostrow WLKP of Polish TBL
2020-21 Stats: 45-32-82 shooting splits, 1.3 3PM, 16 pts, 4.9 asts, 4.9 rebs, 1.0 stls and 2.5 tos
Named Polish Basketball League MVP
Spent 4 seasons at San Diego State – 2014-18
*NOTE* I excluded Jalen Smith and Ty-Shon Alexander as we already know about them since they were with us for our Finals run.