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NEW YORK, Jan. 20, 2009 – The Phoenix Suns today signed Iowa Energy center Courtney Sims, making him the fourth GATORADE Call-Up of the 2008-09 NBA Development League season and the 123rd overall since the league began play in 2001.
Sims, 6-11, has started all 17 of the Energy’s games this season and is averaging 22.4 points and 11.6 rebounds, scoring in double-figured in every game, including 12 double-doubles (points/rebounds). He recorded season highs of 36 points and 16 rebounds in a Dec. 28 victory over the Utah Flash.
Undrafted out of the University of Michigan in 2007, Sims saw action in three games with the Indiana Pacers during the 2007-08 season before being waived in Dec., 2007 and finishing the season with the Energy. During the summer of 2008, Sims participated in Toronto Raptors mini camp and played with the New Orleans Hornets during NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, where he averaged 4.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in four games. Prior to the 2008-09 season, Sims earned a spot on the Charlotte Bobcats training camp roster.
A four-year contributor at Michigan, Sims averaged 11.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks during his senior season.
Sims is expected to join the Suns on the road and be available when the team faces the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, Jan. 21.