Small forward Kyle Casey was signed to play third team behind P.J. Tucker and T.J. Warren in training camp and preseason. Barring a miraculous performance from Casey, he's then likely to land on the Suns D-League affiliate Bakersfield Jam if he shows promise.
The Suns added another SF to their roster in former Harvard star Kyle Casey, according to Paul Coro. Casey went undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft after helping Harvard to their first ever Ivy League title in 2011. He played for Helios Suns Domzale in the Slovenia-Telemach League last year. Apparently, there is some sort of connection between "Suns" and the beautiful nation of Slovenia, even after the departure from Phoenix of the Dragi? brothers.
Casey profiles as a decent scorer, but not much of a 3-point threat. He hit only 31% of his 3s in college and 29% for his Slovenian team last year. Draft Express reports he measured 6'7.5", 227 lbs with a 7'1" wingspan at his pre-draft workout, so has nice size for a SF, and could potentially play PF in small ball lineups. He played small ball center as a senior at Harvard, when he averaged 10.1 rebounds per 40 minutes.
Unfortunately, Casey may be best known for being named in an academic cheating scandal at Harvard. These things happen in the NCAA, but it's noteworthy to have occurred at an Ivy League school as prestigious as Harvard. Casey worked hard to redeem himself, and returned to the team in 2013-14 after withdrawing from school for a year due to fallout from the scandal. He doesn't seem to be a character problem, just a kid who made a mistake.
No need to read too much into this signing. Casey will be a training camp player who's signed only for camp and preseason, and unlikely to make the final Suns roster. He might end up as a D-League prospect in Bakersfield.
It's not easy finding footage of a player from Harvard and the Slovenian League, so excuse the Zapruder Film quality of this video. Looks like Casey's got a little athleticism.
You've already seen how Booker spent the weekend in Phoenix after he signed his contract with the Phoenix Suns, working with kids in the Phoenix community.
And then there's this.
Now Booker spent some time with kids in Moss Point, Mississippi where he attended high school.
Devin Booker may only be 18 years old, but he's quickly built a reputation as an idol for children, especially those in the Moss Point community and among the Kentucky basketball faithful.
He spoke to a number of kids at the middle school.
In the span of five years, Booker has gone from Grand Rapids, Mich., to Moss Point, to the University of Kentucky for one year and now Phoenix.
Friday's event was an early example of Booker's plans to give back to the community "in all of my hometowns."
"I've always going to come back to (Moss Point) and give back to this city because I live this city," Booker said to applause and adoring screams.
Booker spoke of his excitement joining the Suns, and how he knows it hasn't hit him yet. And that it won't until he's actually on the floor with some of the greats like LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
Get to know him a little more here:
Happy Sunday, Suns fans.