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.