2013 Second-Round Pick Oriakhi Working Out in Phoenix

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by Matt Petersen

The last we’d seen Alex Oriakhi, the former Missouri big man was learning the ropes under Head Coach Jeff Hornacek at the 2013 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

His path toward progression since has been a lengthy one, literally. The 6-9 forward spent time in the French and Israeli leagues before returning state-side, where he earned All-Rookie first team honors in the D-League.

His per-game averages of 7.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in just 18.6 minutes of playing time hinted at the potential Oriakhi brings to the interior.

Now back in Phoenix, Hornacek is hoping to see more from the Suns’ 2013 second-round pick.

“He’s improved on a lot of things,” Hornacek said. “He looks good, body-wise. He was always good at that medium 15-foot jumper. We just wanted to see him to continue to develop that inside game, maybe stretch that jumper out a little bit farther. Maybe get it to 20 feet out.”

Summer League could provide an opportunity for those developments to take place, though the roster isn’t set yet, Hornacek said. Phoenix will travel north-west again this summer for the 10-day sprint of games that tips off on July 11 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

If you need a refresher, here's a video from Oriakhi's pre-draft workout with Phoenix last summer: