It was 10:48 p.m. and the party was still going strong at the house of Marcia Hooks in Erie, Pa.
Thirty or so people came to her house to watch the NBA Draft to see her relative – Tony Wroten Jr. – get drafted. The Memphis Grizzlies used the 25th pick in tonight’s draft to pick Wroten Jr., who Hooks said is related to her.
“We jumped for joy,” Hooks said on the phone with the sound of people having fun in the background. “Jumping for joy. They’re still having a grand time.”
Hooks, 55, said Wroten Jr’s great grandfather and her mom were brother and sister. Hooks said she hadn’t talk to Wroten Jr. yet about the draft, but planned to call her mom, Shirley, later.
“I was trying to give her a chance to get all her calls in because I figure everyone else was trying to give her a call,” Hooks said.
Hooks said she last saw Wroten Jr. play when Washington played in the NIT Tournament in New York City in March. The Huskies reached the semifinals before losing to Minnesota.
Hooks said they were preparing to meet the Wroten family in New Jersey for the NBA Draft, but when she found out they weren’t going to the draft, she decided to have a party of her own in Erie.
“We decided to have a party in his honor,” Hooks said.
Hooks said Wroten Jr. has never visited Erie. She stays in contact more with Wroten Jr.’s parents, Tony Sr. and Shirley Wroten. The Wrotens live in Seattle, but Hooks said she remains in contact with them.
“We are family,” Hooks said. “We look out for our family no matter where they are. We try to keep in contact and see what’s going on in their lives and stuff. That’s the type of family that we are.”
Out of the 30 or so people at the party in Erie, Hooks said eight to 10 were relatives. Hooks already has plans to see Wroten Jr. play in Memphis, which this season lost in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs to the Los Angeles Clipppers.
“I love it,” Hooks said. “That’s on my way to see my aunt down in Mississippi. That will be a great thing. We already got a trip planned out.”