PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – The Phoenix Suns will head north for their 2017-18 training camp and will make their way to Prescott Valley for an intra-squad scrimmage.
In preparation of their 50th season in the NBA, the Phoenix Suns will start camp at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff on Sept. 26. They will then go to their affiliate club’s town and host a scrimmage at the Prescott Valley Event Center on Friday, Sept. 29, at 6:30 p.m.
The scrimmage will be free for fans to come and get a taste of Suns basketball before they open the preseason at Talking Stick Resort Arena against the Utah Jazz on Oct. 9.
"We are excited to host our parent club, the Phoenix Suns, at the Prescott Valley Event Center in September," said NAZ Suns President Chris Presson. "Through our strong relationship with the Phoenix Suns both on and off the court, we’re pleased to provide fans in the area a chance to witness the dedication and camaraderie displayed through great basketball, strong community integration and the ability to produce the best family-friendly environment around. We look forward to continue building the Suns’ brand in Prescott Valley and all of the Quad-City area and to showcase what fans can expect from both teams this season."
The event will have open seating on a first-come, first-served basis and feature a post-game autograph session.
Fans who RSVP for the scrimmage on Suns.com will be entered to win prizes, including autographed merchandise and tickets to the Suns’ regular season home opener on Oct. 18 against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Four former NAZ Suns are slated to make their return to the Prescott Valley Event Center, where they played almost 40 games combined. Among those are Derrick Jones Jr. and Elijah Millsap, both fan favorites who earned considerable playing time at the NBA level last season. Tyler Ulis and Alan Williams donned a NAZ Suns uniform for a game in December.
If history repeats itself, fans could also see future NAZ Suns players in the mix. Jones, Derek Cooke Jr. and Shaquille Harrison were all part of the Phoenix Suns training camp roster last year before beginning the season in Prescott Valley.
Shortly after the Phoenix Suns begin their 50th season, the Northern Arizona Suns will tip off their second season in the NBA G League. Last year the NAZ Suns started their inaugural season in record fashion, winning 10 of their first 11 games.
Derek Jones, Jr. also played last year.