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Suns’ Devin Booker buys ASU students tickets to Mercury playoff game

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker signals after making a 3-pointer against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker attends several Phoenix Mercury games every season.

Now he wants to give Arizona State students an opportunity to take in the Mercury.

The 20-year-old NBA superstar — who would be a senior in college if not for coming to the NBA after a year at Kentucky — bought 270 tickets for the Mercury’s round one, single-elimination playoff game against the Seattle Storm at ASU’s Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe.

The game will take place Wednesday, Sept. 6 with tip off scheduled for 7 p.m. Starting at 4 p.m. on game day, students with a valid college ID can claim their tickets on a first-come first-serve basis on the north side of the arena.

Since being drafted by the Suns in 2015, Booker has been one of the Mercury’s biggest cheerleaders. The second-year player out of Kentucky, who scored a franchise single-game record 70 points against the Boston Celtics last March, participated in a Mercury TV advertisement promoting the team and the league. In addition, he participated in the NBA’s “Lean In” campaign.

The playoff game is taking place in Tempe due to a concert while Talking Stick Resort Arena, home of the Suns and Merucry, is being used for another event.

The Mercury’s 88-66 victory over the Connecticut Sun in Phoenix last Friday clinched a home game in round one of the WNBA playoffs. After a season-ending 70-64 home loss to the Atlanta Dream, the Mercury (18-16) finished with the fifth-best record in the Western Conference.

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