Spurs rookies sign autographs and teach basketball to kids at Morgan’s Wonderland

SAN ANTONIO –The San Antonio Spurs’ three first-round picks made their first official appearance in the community on Wednesday, playing basketball and signing autographs for the kids at Morgan’s Wonderland.

Striker Jeremy Sochan and guards Malaki Branham and Blake Wesley all met children aged 12 to 14 from the Spurs Inclusive Sports League and worked with them on their basketball skills, putting them through drills. The trio also helped organize a three-on-three mini tournament at the event. The evening included an autograph session, as well as a Q&A opportunity, the team said in a press release.

“To see our rookies integrate into the San Antonio community playing ball and interacting with young Spurs Inclusive Sports League athletes is awesome,” said Dr. Kara Allen, Chief Impact Officer at Spurs Sports & Entertainment. “The Spurs organization is bigger than basketball, and it’s through these moments that we create real impact by building leaders and legacies with our youth, our city and our players.”

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The Spurs Inclusive Sports League was created in partnership with Spurs Give, Spurs Sports Academy, Morgan’s Wonderland and with guidance from Special Olympics of South Texas. It provides training for athletes of all levels, while creating an inclusive community where they can play the sport they love, the press release said.

The three rookies are all expected to play important roles in the team this coming season and moving forward.

Sohan, originally from England and Poland, spent a year at Baylor where he won the Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year and was selected to the Big 12 All-Freshman team. He was drafted ninth overall in last year’s NBA Draft.

Branham, a native of Akron, Ohio, was the 20th overall selection in the draft. He was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year at Ohio State.

Wesley played one season at Notre Dame, finishing with the fourth-most points (504) by a freshman in program history and received second-team All-ACC and team honors. 2022 ACC All-Rookie. He was the 25th overall selection in the draft.

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