NEW COACH LEADS NAZ SUNS INTO NEXT SEASON

Photo caption: NAZ Suns work out in preparation for the upcoming 50-game basketball season in the NBA Gatorade League (G League). The season begins Nov. 3. The NAZ Suns are based at the Prescott Valley Event Center.

The Northern Arizona Suns professional basketball team in Prescott Valley will enter the 2018-2019 season with a new head coach.

He is Bret Burchard, who served as a player development assistant with the Phoenix Suns in the National Basketball Association. The Phoenix Suns are the parent club of the NAZ Suns.

The head coaching position will be Burchard’s first as a head coach in the NBA Gatorade League.

The 50-game season begins at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, when the NAZ Suns tip-off against the Santa Cruz Warriors in the Prescott Valley Event Center.

The regular season ends Saturday, March 23, 2019.

The G League has a record 27 teams, one more than last year.

Chris Presson, president of the NAZ Suns, said he was looking forward to an exciting new season. 

“Prescott Valley and the greater Central and Northern Arizona community have really stepped forward to support us. Our attendance was up this past year 25 percent over what it had been before. With Burchard as the new coach, and several new players, we’re anticipating an equally solid season this year.”

Jake Withee, media relations for the NAZ Suns, said average attendance last year was more than 1,500 a game. The record attendance was March 24, when more than 2,600 attended the Salute to Heroes Night.

Season tickets start a $9, while single-game tickets begin at $10, Withee said.

More information about the team is available at northernarizona.gleague.nba.com.