NBA G-League Draft results
SACRAMENTO -- Fresh off an NBA Summer League appearance with the Sacramento Kings, former Hornet center Eric Stuteville was selected first overall by the Northern Arizona Suns in the NBA G League draft.
Stuteville becomes just the fourth player in school history to be drafted by a G-League team (formerly the D-League), and the highest Sacramento State draft pick ever. Prior to today, Mikh McKinney had been the highest selection when he was taken in the second round (25th overall) by Northern Arizona in 2016.
Northern Arizona, which is the D-League affiliate of the Phoenix Suns, traded up to get Stuteville. The Suns, who owned the No. 8 pick, made a trade with the Iowa Wolves to move up to the top of the draft and nab Stuteville. Just three months ago, the 6-foot-11 big man became the first Sacramento State player in program history to play in the NBA Summer League when he wore #88 for the Kings.
Stuteville joins McKinney, John Dickson (55th overall by the Bakersfield Jam in 2015) and Jameel Pugh (68th overall by the Dakota Wizards in 2006) as the only four Hornets to be drafted into the NBA G-League. Joel Jones, another former Hornet, was allocated to the Los Angeles D-Fenders before that 2006 draft began. Stuteville joins McKinney, Dickson, Pugh, Jones and Damond Edwards (Mobile Revelers in 2002) as the six former Hornets to appear on a G-League roster.
The G League is the NBA's official minor league, preparing players for the NBA. The league features 26 teams, all with one-to-one affiliations with NBA franchises.
One of three players to start all 31 games for the Hornets in 2016-17, Stuteville averaged 11.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.5 blocked shots and 26.8 minutes per game while shooting .632 (141-223) from the field. That field goal percentage was the best mark in Sacramento State single-season history. He scored in double figures 20 times, including six of the final seven games of the season.
Among Big Sky leaders, the team tri-captain ranked second in field goal percentage, blocks per game, offensive rebounds per game (2.9), and 10th in rebounds per game. In conference play, he bumped his numbers to 13.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 28.8 minutes per game
The local product from Orangevale (Casa Roble High School) became the first center in school history to score 1,000 career points and finished his four-year career with 1,013 points. He owns the school record for most games played (125) and finished with 149 blocked shots, just three shy of the school record.
Stuteville ranks among the Hornets' top 20 players in 12 different career statistical categories, including first in games played, second in blocks, tied for second in starts (91), fifth in rebounds (558) and blocked shots per game (1.2), tied for fifth in field goal percentage (.562), sixth in free throw attempts (368), 12th in minutes (2,599) and 14th in scoring. The 149 blocks were easily the most in the team's Div. I era (1991-pres.) and Stuteville never missed a game during his four-year career.
Stuteville graduated from Sacramento State in May with a sociology degree.
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