First-round Draft Pick Casey Jacobsen Signs With Phoenix Suns

July 8, 2002

Phoenix, AZ (AP) - The Phoenix Suns signed both of their first-round draft picks - Amare Stoudemire and Casey Jacobsen - on Friday. Terms of Jacobsen's deal weren't revealed.

Under the bargaining agreement, rookie first-round contracts are for threeyears with a team option for a fourth season. The Suns retain right of firstrefusal for a fifth season.

Both players were in Phoenix on Friday to participate in the Suns' rookie and free agent camp.

Jacobsen left Stanford after his junior season, but still is third on the school's career scoring list with 1,723 points. He owns or shares 49 school records. He averaged 18.1 points and shot 42.7 percent from 3-point range inhis college career.

The 6-foot-10, 245-pound Stoudemire was the only high school player draftedthis year. As a senior, he averaged 29.1 points, 15 rebounds, 6.1 blocks and2.1 steals. He orally committed to Memphis University before deciding toenter the NBA draft instead.

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