“2017 NBA G League Draft Review: Western Conference Edition”—Dakota Schmidt

Northern Arizona Suns: Eric Stuteville, Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson

“Around 24 hours before last weekend’s NBA G League Draft, the Northern Arizona Suns acquired the 1st overall pick and the returning player rights to Zach Andrews from the Iowa Wolves in exchange for the rights of Elijah Millsap and Michael Bryson. At that time, the Suns seemed to be on their way towards selecting big man Joel Bolomboy, who was projected to pick during the following day’s draft. However, those plans quickly changed as the Bucks signed Bolomboy to a two-way deal just hours after the Suns traded for that pick.

With Bolomboy in Milwaukee, Northern Arizona still needed to find another player to select with that pick. That alternative ended up being 6’11 big Eric Stuteville, who spent three years as the starting center for Sacramento State. As a senior, he averaged 11.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in only 27 minutes per game. While those numbers might not be too impressive, this selection was understandable once you start to look into his game.

In the film I watched, Stuteville kinda gives off this Jack Cooley vibe in the fact that he’s a fighter on the offensive glass, has great hands, and remains cool under pressure when he’s surrounded by multiple opponents. One advantage that the Suns rookie has is that his defensive awareness seems to be a bit better as Stuteville does a nice job of being able to quickly read and react to on-ball drivers…”

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