First Round Draft Pick is 15th NBA Assigned Player, Second From Rockets

Houston Assigns Aaron Brooks to D-League Affiliate Rio Grande Valley Vipers

NEW YORK, Dec. 6, 2007 – The Houston Rockets today assigned rookie guard Aaron Brooks to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Brooks is the 15th NBA player assigned to a D-League affiliate this season and the second the Rockets have assigned to the Vipers.

A first round selection (26th overall) in the 2007 NBA Draft, Brooks has appeared in two games for the Rockets this season, scoring five points in four minutes. The 6-0, 161-pound, Seattle native averaged 21.4 points and 5.2 assists over five games with Houston in the 2007 NBA Summer League, where he earned T-Mobile Rookie of the Month honors and was named to the 2007 Summer League All-Star Team. In preseason action with the Rockets, Brooks averaged 5.0 points, 1.8 assists, 1.2 rebounds and 14.43 minutes.

Brooks finished his college career at Oregon as the Ducks’ ninth all-time leading scorer with 1,511 points while ranking fourth in assists (471) and three-point field goals made (205), fifth in free throw percentage (.834) and sixth in steals (127). Brooks averaged 13.1 points, 4.1 assists, 3.5 rebounds during his 115-game collegiate career at Oregon. A decorated athlete, Brooks earned Second Team All-America honors from The Sporting News, Third Team honors from the Associated Press and All-Pac-10 honors during his senior season.

Brooks joins a Vipers team that owns a 5-1 (.833) record and features Rockets teammate Steve Novak.

The NBA Development League is the NBA's official minor league, and the first-ever basketball league with direct affiliations to NBA teams. Now in its seventh season the D-League’s goals are to provide affordable, NBA-caliber entertainment to fans of its 14 teams, as well as continue to develop players, coaches, referees and front-office personnel for the NBA. As the single source for in-season player "call-ups" to the NBA, fans of the D-League enjoy the highest caliber of basketball played outside the NBA. In fact, former D-League players represented 10 percent of NBA players on 2007-08 opening day rosters, numbering 44 in total. In addition, the D-League has produced 25 percent of current NBA referees and 16 current NBA coaches, including head coach Sam Vincent with the Charlotte Bobcats. The D-League is an innovative and rapidly growing sports property that also serves as an experimental testing ground for new initiatives of the NBA and its teams provides continuing education and professional development resources for its players, and is committed to serving its local communities through D-LEAGUE CARES and grassroots efforts.