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Phoenix Suns Guard Visits SRPMIC

Troy Daniels (center), poses for a group photo with dozens of youngsters at the end of the Phoenix Suns Fit Clinic at the Salt River Pi-Copa Gymnasium.

Dozens of youngsters in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community participated in a Phoenix Suns Fit Clinic, led by guard and 3-point specialist Troy Daniels on January 25.

More than 100 registered for the roughly 70-minute clinic at the Salt River Pi-Copa Gymnasium. The clinic included multiple station drills, autographs and a special Suns basketball for all participants. Former Suns player Steven Hunter; team broadcaster Tom Leander; the Suns’ mascot, Gorilla; and a handful of other Suns staff members helped with the clinic.

Before breaking into groups for station drills, Daniels shared what motivates him each day. The 6-foot-4 Daniels went undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft out of Virginia Commonwealth University and played for the Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, Charlotte Hornets and Minnesota Timberwolves before finding a home with the Suns this season.

“I started as a little kid with dreams of playing in the NBA just like you guys, and a lot of people said I couldn’t,” Daniels said. “For me, I always wanted to prove people wrong. I had to outwork people, even in the classroom. The same goes for basketball. Extra work is a must.”

Daniels and Leander encouraged participants to stay active and practice fitness every day. The clinic was open to Community members and children of tribal government employees.

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