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Suns sign Mike James

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Lamar’s Mike James (5) celebrates during the second half of the Southland Conference tournament championship basketball game Saturday, March 10, 2012, in Katy, Texas. Lamar beat McNeese State 70-49. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


PHOENIX (AP) -- The Phoenix Suns have signed guard Mike James, an NBA rookie who played five professional seasons in Europe, on Monday.

The 6-foot-1 James averaged 13.1 points and 3.0 assists in 25 games with Panathinaikos of the Greek Basketball League last season. He once scored 52 points in a game while at Lamar.

Phoenix also signed top draft pick Josh Jackson to a four-year deal that includes two one-year team options. A standout at Kansas, Jackson was selected with the fourth overall pick of last month’s draft. The athletic 6-foot-8 forward averaged 16.3 points on 51 percent shooting, 7.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists in his lone season in Lawrence. He will make his professional debut with the Suns’ NBA Summer League team in Las Vegas.