PHOENIX — With the lockout expected to wipe out all communication between players and coaches for quite some time starting Friday, the Suns took advantage of the hours remaining before July 1...

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The Phoenix Suns won't have the benefit of the Vegas Summer League to take a look at undrafted free agents and other guys trying to make it (or make it back to) the NBA. Like many teams this week, the Suns held private free agent mini-camp instead. 13th pick Markieff Morris participated along with a long list of other guys. Alvin Gentry explained the purpose of the camp.

"They're guys that we like, that we like a lot that didn't get drafted and we thought this was a great time to bring them in and play against each other...We'll watch them (over the next few years) and see what progress they make. It's good to have a handle on them right now and see where they are and see the progress they make. Some guys will make a big jump in the next couple of months and some guys will take a little bit longer."

The one guys that Gentry said stood out, besides Morris, was Butler forward Matt Howard. "I think he's one of those smart, smart guys who will eventually find his way into the league."

Gentry was thrilled with Markieff although he mentioned a few times how it wasn't fair to him given all the travel he's done in the last few weeks. Basically, Morris was not in basketball shape but Gentry gave him a pass on that. He's overall impressed with his competitiveness, skill, desire to be good and how smart he is as a player.

"I see nothing but good things ahead for him because he's a hard working kid and he wants to be good and to me that's three-fourths of the battle."

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"He's a very intelligent player and I think he's a competitive guy. He understands the game and angles and rotations and things like that. It's going to take time, but he's going to be a very good player.

"It's going to be a process. I don't want anyone to think that he's going to come in and ride in on a white horse and be the savior but he's a very, very good piece to be adding to our team."

Here's a list of guys that worked out:

There's likely two other guys not listed here. This list came from John Treloar but I counted 15 players on the court. Go figure.

Gentry on Sean Williams - "I think athletically, he's really good. He played for Nancy Lieberman (in the D-league). Nancy's been a friend of mine for, shoot, 35 years.  She speaks highly of him. I think you can see he's real athletic and does some good things as far as shot blocking and things like that...She said he was easy for her to coach. That's all I can judge (his maturity) by. He seems to be working hard here and seems to be focused on what he's trying to do as far as getting back in the league."

When combing through some of the advanced metrics in advance of the draft, I was surprised to see Markieff Morris grade out as a steal when using Wins Produced-related metrics but a bust on John...

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Yup.  It's that time again, and I'm that guy.   We've had a lot of great new faces come to the Bright Side in the last little while and we thought it would be appropriate to inform them as well as remind the veterans about our community guidelines.

But since I knew about 2% of you would actually click and read a link... I decided to get interactive.


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According to Paul Coro a minicamp will happen that includes the following players from D-League and Euroleague:

  1. Sean Williams(PF/C) - A 24 years old former 1st round pick of the New Jersey Nets (17th pick) that played for the New Jersey Nets, Fujian SBS XunXin(CBA), Colorado 14ers(D-League), Mets de Guaynabo (a Puerto Rican team) and Texas Legends(D-League). A former team mate of Jared Dudley at Boston College. Click his draft express profile
  2. Edgar Sosa(PG) - A 23 years old undrafted guy who attended and played for Louisville for 4 seasons. Has recently played for Angelico Biella. Click his draft express profile
  3. David Lighty(SG/SF) - Another 23 years old undrafted guy from Ohio State. An athletic glue guy that has a NBA range. Click his draft express profile
  4. Dionte Christmas(SG) - 24 years old undrafted guard from Temple that has played for CEZ Nymburk(Euroleague).Click his draft express profile
  5. Matt Howard(F) - 22 year old undrafted guy from Butler. Made back to back NCAA Finals appearances with Gordon Hayward(Utah 9th overall, 2010) and Shelvin Mack(Washington 34th overall, 2011)but lost to Duke and UConn.Click his draft express profile
  6. Matthew Bryan Amaning(PF) - Click his draft express profile
  7. Cory Higgins(SG) - Click his draft express profile
  8. Justin Hurtt(SG) - Some scrub that Draftexpress didn't bothered to write a profile.


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Sean Williams

David Lighty

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