Former LU Guard Mike James signs with the Phoenix Suns
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PHOENIX, Ariz. – Former Lamar University standout Mike James signed a contract with the NBA’s Phoenix Suns Monday evening announced the franchise via their web site. Following his career at LU, James has spent the past five seasons playing professional basketball in Europe.
The Suns got their first look at James as a member of their Summer League squad in 2015 where he helped guide the team to a second-place finish. During his short time with the Suns’ developmental squad, James impressed on the court averaging 12.6 points, 4.3 rebound and 3.9 assists, which included a 32-point performance in the championship against San Antonio. James’ 32-point performance was the highest-scoring game by any player during the 2015 NBA Summer League.
A 2012 first-team All-Southland Conference selection, James was the catalyst for a Cardinals team that won its final six regular-season games to take home the SLC tournament title and earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. That season the Cardinals ended the year with a 23-12 (.657) overall record before bowing out to Vermont in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.
James averaged better than 15 points per game during his career in the Red and White uniform – including a 17.1 per game average as a senior. He finished his career with just under 900 points and 74 career three-pointers despite playing only two seasons in Beaumont. He was also one of the school's more consistent free throw shooters connecting on better than 80 percent of his attempts from the stripe.
James still holds the school record for most points scored in a game (52). The 52-point performance tied for the highest-scoring game by a Division I player during the 2010-11 campaign. James came to Beaumont via Eastern Arizona College where he posted the fourth-highest scoring average at the NJCAA level.
James, who spent last season with the Panathinaikos of the Greek Basketball League, is no stranger to the spotlight in his professional career. Named to numerous all-star teams, James led Panathinaikos to the Greek Basketball Cup and Greek Basketball League championship.