Gani Lawal’s name in Nigerian means “lots of joy.” He certainly brought just that to the Iowa Energy this past weekend.
Last week, while the Suns embarked on their four-game road trip, Lawal was assigned to the Suns’ D-League affiliate in Iowa. Since Lawal had’t received any playing time with the Suns thus far this season, the Suns’ front office thought it would be a good idea to get the Suns rookie some in-game reps.
Lawal wasted no time in making his impression felt, racking up 22 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks in 29 minutes as the Energy captured a 113-92 road win over the Dakota Wizards on Friday. Lawal followed that performance up with a nine-point, five-rebound effort in another victory over Dakota on Saturday.
Lawal is expected to stay with Iowa through Dec. 10 and appear in 10 games. Iowa’s next game is at Tulsa on Friday.