Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that guard Aaron Brooks has been assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, which is Houston’s NBA D-League affiliate. He becomes the 14th NBA player to be assigned to the D-League this season. Brooks joins teammate Steve Novak, who was assigned to the Vipers on Nov. 11.

The Rockets now become the third NBA team this season to have multiple players partake in D-League assignments, joining the Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs.

Brooks (6-0, 161, Oregon), who was selected by Houston with the 26th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, has averaged 2.5 points in his two appearances with the Rockets this season. He played in his first NBA game vs. Phoenix (11/17/07), notching five points (2-2 FG, 1-1 3FG). Brooks also averaged 21.4 points (.461, 35-76 FG) and 5.2 assists over five games with Houston in the 2007 NBA Summer League. He earned Rookie of the Month honors for Summer League and was named to the 2007 NBA Summer League All-Star Team.

In addition to his NBA Summer League honors, Brooks was one of the top-10 young NBA players named to a USA Basketball Men’s Select Team that was chosen to help prepare the 2007 USA Senior National Team for its gold-medal run at the FIBA Americas Championship 2007.