ValleyoftheSuns enters fifth year with Schmitz promoted to D-League, Dulberg added to staff

In the last four years we’ve seen the Phoenix Suns completely turn over their roster, an entire presidency unfold and many students start and complete their collegiate careers.

That’s also the period of time that ValleyoftheSuns has been serving up Suns news and analysis as we celebrate our fourth birthday today.

As a team the Suns have transformed from a squad still hanging on to the Seven Seconds or Less era with one title run left in them into a team ringing in a new era that management hopes eventually reaches those SSOL heights.

As a blog, we enter our fifth season of coverage aiming to continue to provide you with in-depth analysis of the Suns featuring advanced stats, video breakdowns, postgame shows and a smart look at the comings and goings on Planet Orange.

Dave Dulberg

Dave Dulberg

We have added long-time Suns follower Dave Dulberg to the mix to provide just that, and like many other current and former VotS staffers, this former Trojan covered college basketball for his school paper not too long ago.

Dulberg recently graduated with a degree in broadcast and digital journalism from USC where he was involved in nearly every possible type of sports media, including hosting a two-hour weekly talk show, serving as a columnist for the Daily Trojan along with covering SC hoops and writing and blogging for the SC athletic department’s digital media site. I can only imagine he’s still getting over yesterday’s big upset at the hands of my Wildcats.

Dulberg’s work can also be found at Arizona Sports and in the preps section of the East Valley Tribune. I’m confident he will be a fantastic addition as he has already proven to be.

Mike Schmitz

Mike Schmitz

One of the best parts about running a site like VotS and working with talented people is that eventually they will move on to bigger and better things, and that’s what happened to Mike Schmitz this summer. Schmitz has been my right-hand man the last three years and has been responsible for many of the innovations on the site, most notably his fantastic video breakdowns.

This summer soon after graduating from U of A, Schmitz was hired by the Bakersfield Jam — the Suns’ D-League affiliate — as an assistant video coordinator. Schmitz will assist the head video coordinator by  making postgame edits and personnel edits on future opponents. Anybody who has seen his work on this site knows he’s more than ready for such a job, and I look forward to seeing where his career takes him in the future.

Schmitz will still contribute video breakdowns to VotS once in a while that will literally be professional quality.

Kevin Zimmerman and Ryan Weisert will return as well as we aim to use what we’ve learned in the past four years to make ValleyoftheSuns the place you turn to for in-depth Phoenix Suns analysis.

Please let us know anything you’d like to see from us this season in the comments section.

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