NEW YORK, OCT. 21, 2017 – The Northern Arizona Suns selected Eric Stuteville (6-11, 245, Sacramento St.) with the first overall pick of the 2017 NBA G League Draft on Saturday afternoon. Stuteville was a four-year player at Sacramento St. and as a senior logged 11.6 points and 6.3 rebounds. His 1,013 career points and 125 games played are the most in school history. He appeared in the NBA Summer League, playing for the Sacramento Kings.
The Reno Bighorns drafted Brandon Austin (6-6, 185, Northwest Florida St.) with the second overall pick, the Lakeland Magic selected Maverick Rowan (6-7, 220, North Carolina St.) with the third overall selection and the Long Island Nets chose Thomas Wimbush (6-7, 200, Fairmont St.) with the fourth overall pick.
Stuteville and Wimbush headline the 13 of 26 first-round selections that appeared at the NBA G League Player Invitational in August at the Quest Multisport Complex in Chicago.
13 International players from 10 countries were selected in this year’s draft, including first-round selections Mychal Mulder of Canada (ninth overall selection, Windy City Bulls), Maksym Pustozvonov of Ukraine (17th overall selection, Memphis Hustle) and Daesung Lee of South Korea (20th overall selection, Erie BayHawks).
NBA G League training camp rosters will be comprised of players drafted today, along with returning, affiliate, NBA Draft rights and local tryout players and cannot exceed 17 total players, including players under Two-Way contracts. Teams had to make a minimum of three player selections in today’s Draft and all players who were selected must be invited to training camp.
For the seventh consecutive year, the Draft was conducted at the NBA G League headquarters in New York with all 26 NBA G League teams participating.