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Matt Janning gets chance to be last Suns guard on the roster

Aug 5, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

janning_college.jpgYou didn’t see Matt Janning in college because he played for Northeastern and you probably can’t even tell me where that is located.

This is why there is Summer League. Not to learn where Northeastern is but to showcase guys like Janning (who didn’t even get invited to the Portsmouth Invitational). He fit in well on the Suns’ Summer League squad, scoring 12.6 points per game and more impressively he was second on the team in rebounding. As a guard.

The biggest key was he showed a feel for the game and transition basketball. He was a guy who caught your eye if you watched a couple Suns games because he just seemed to make the right play. You could see him developing into a rotation player in a couple years.

Now the Suns are giving him a chance to make the roster, signing him to a make-good deal, according to the Arizona Republic’s Paul Coro.

Janning is a good athlete, is 6’5″ with a 6’9″ wingspan, and is really a combo guard. A good guy to have on the bench and see if you can develop.

Janning could end up being the fifth guard on the Suns roster, and as a combo guard is a good fit in that role. He just has to earn it in camp.

  1. Negative - Aug 5, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    Northeastern is the center of Boston! Come on, that’s a reasonably popular school, except for some athletic programs.

  2. Oswald - Aug 5, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    You never heard of Reggie Lewis?

  3. NU Alumn - Aug 5, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    It is in Boston’s Back Bay. Jim Calhoun got his career started there. You where more likely to hear of the school if you follow varsity college hockey since they play in a major college hockey conference. The school has the #1 internship/co-op program in the country and has some very prominent alumni.

  4. Jayhawk11 - Aug 5, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Played basketball in high school with Janning. He was a superior player then don’t see why he wont fit in well in the NBA.

  5. FritzNU - Aug 5, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    Jose Juan Barea of Mavericks also went to Northeastern! It is in Boston, Kurt.

  6. Joe Momma - Aug 5, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    Jay Hawk Jim! Don’t lie you never PLAYED with him.

  7. Jkzander - Aug 5, 2010 at 8:49 PM

    It’s a top tier school academically in Boston-Really people don’t know where it is? Really? Reggie Lewis, Sean Jones, Jose Barea, Carlo Pena of the Tampa Rays etc….

  8. Gerf10 - Aug 16, 2010 at 1:03 AM

    He will make the roster! I played against him in high school and he is very talented! It may not seem like it but he has a lot of athleticism. He happens to be a friend of mine, Phoenix is the best team in NBA for him! Get em J!!!

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