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Phoenix Suns sign Duane Washington Jr.

The Suns signed free agent guard Duane Washington Jr. on Wednesday after he went undrafted in 2021.

PHOENIX — After going undrafted in 2021, 22-year-old Duane Washington Jr. has been signed by the Phoenix Suns.

Washington, who stands 6-feet 3-inches, recently earned All-Big Ten honors in his final season at Ohio State after averaging a team-high of 16.4 points.

During his time as a rookie with the Indiana Pacers last season, Washington averaged 9.9 points on 40.5% shooting from the field, 37.7% from three-point range and 75.4% from the free throw line in 48 games.

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The Suns said that, among qualified NBA rookies, Washington ranked 12th in points per game, third in three-point percentage, and ninth with 81 made three-pointers. 

Washington also set a Pacers rookie record with seven three-pointers at New Orleans back in January.

Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Washington grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

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The city of Phoenix is home to five major professional sports league teams; The NFL's Arizona Cardinals, NBA's Phoenix Suns, WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, MLB's Arizona Diamondbacks and NHL's Arizona Coyotes.  

The Cardinals have made the State Farm Stadium in Glendale their home turf and the Footprint Center in downtown Phoenix is home to both the Suns and the Mercury. The Indoor Football League’s Arizona Rattlers also play at the Footprint. Phoenix has a soccer team with the USL's Phoenix Rising FC. 

The Valley hosts multiple major sporting events on a yearly basis, including college football's Fiesta Bowl and Cactus Bowl; the PGA Tour’s highest-attended event, the Waste Management Phoenix Open; NASCAR events each spring and fall; and Cactus League Spring Training. 

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