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Trio of NAZ Suns Players Get Invites To The NBA D-League Elite Mini Camp
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03 May 2017   Jake Withee

Askia Booker, Derek Cooke Jr. and Josh Gray will participate in the camp held in Chicago May 8-9

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – The NBA Development League announced Tuesday that three Northern Arizona Suns have been invited to participate in a scouting event that features the league’s top prospects.

Askia Booker, Derek Cooke Jr., and Josh Gray have all been invited to the D-League Elite Mini Camp, which will be at the Quest Multisport gym in Chicago on May 8-9.

This marks the eighth annual D-League Elite Mini Camp, a two-day scouting event where players get a chance to perform in front of NBA team personnel in advance of Summer Leagues and 2017 training camps.

This will mark Booker’s second consecutive D-League Elite Mini Camp appearance, as he and NAZ Suns’ guard Xavier Silas participated in it last year.

Booker, Cooke and Gray quickly grew notice for their play this season. Booker ran out of the gate to begin Northern Arizona’s inaugural season, scoring 15+ points in each of his first five games, including a 35-point, 10-assist performance against the Los Angeles D-Fenders on Nov. 23. Cooke, known for his athletic ability, earned a spot in the D-League Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend in New Orleans in February. Gray, who made the Suns’ squad as a local tryout in the offseason, became the first local tryout player to record a triple-double since Delaware’s Victor Rudd had one in 2015.


Booker finished the year third on the team in scoring with 15.5 points per game, trailing two current NBA players in Elijah Millsap and Johnny O’Bryant. He led the team in assists per game with 5.3.

Cooke averaged 7.5 points on 55.9 percent shooting (14th in the league) and 7.6 rebounds per game, while Gray tallied 13.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists per contest.

NAZ Suns’ assistant athletic trainer Michelle Ruan will also be attending the D-League Elite Mini Camp, as she and Windy City’s head athletic trainer Arnold Lee will be leading the event.