Prior to the NBA draft, Phoenix Suns general manager...


PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Prior to the NBA draft, Phoenix Suns general manager Jerry Colangelo stated that he was looking for a point guard and a frontline player.

They got both Tuesday.


The Suns used their first-round selection, the 13th overall, to select Colorado guard Jay Humphries. With their second pick they took Louisville forward Charles Jones.

Humphries was named to the All-Big Eight first team last year, averaging 15.4 points a game. The previous season, 1982-83, he set a school record for steals in a season with 115.

Originally thought to be inconsistent, Humphries' stock rose at the Aloha Classic, where he averaged 16 points a game. A player with excellent jumping ability, he measured a 35-inch vertical leap in Hawaii allowing for a team-leading 20 dunks.

'I'm a player that likes to get up and down the court and hit the open man,' Humphries said. 'I get a lot of satisfaction out of creating situations for other players by making the pass rather than scoring myself.'

Humphries was selected for his defensive ability, much like Dennis Johnson, who went to Boston from Phoenix in a trade before last season.

'I like playing defense because defense creates offense and I got a lot of points out of situations where I would play pressure defense,' Humphries said.


Jones, a second-team All-Metro conference selection, averaged 11.5 points and 9.7 rebounds a game last season.

'There are two things which gives Jones a chance,' Colangelo said. 'He's a big inside rebounder and a quick, quick jumper. Those two things give him a chance.'

In the third round, the Suns took forward Murray Jarman of Clemson. In the fourth, Phoenix went after guard Jeff Collins of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Collins played his prep basketball at South Mountain High School in Phoenix.

The Suns picked Richmond center Bill Flye in the fifth round and Maryland forward Herman Veal in the sixth. In the seventh, they chose forward Raymond Crenshaw of Oklahoma and followed with center Mark Fothergill in the eighth.

The Suns finished out the draft with ninth-round pick Buddy Cox, a forward from Bellarmine, and 10th-round pick Ezra Hill, Jr., a guard from Liberty Baptist.

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