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Devin Booker had such a great time representing the Suns at last year’s NBA draft lottery, the second-year guard told management he wouldn’t mind doing it again.

As a result, Booker once again will take his place on Tuesday’s stage in New York City as Phoenix learns its fate in the June 22 draft. In addition to his lottery assignment, Booker also asked if he could sit down with potential draftees after their Phoenix workouts.

He feels this is his responsibility.

“I want to be more involved, because at the end of the day this determines all our futures,’’ Booker said. “… I just want to sit down, get to know people. I might like more than one person. I mean, I’m not going to have a say – ‘I want you to draft him,’ or anything like that — but I’d like to participate a little bit in it.”

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The Suns – who have missed the playoffs for seven consecutive seasons – are guaranteed a top-five pick in the draft. Entering the lottery, they have a 19.9 percent chance of landing the top overall pick, a spot they have not held in their 49-year existence.

As a good-luck charm, Booker will have a special guest at the lottery — Noah Smith, a special-needs student he met last week. Booker did something similar last year.

Any other superstitions?

“Facial hair,” Booker said. “People didn’t notice last year because I didn’t have quite as much, but I’m leaving my facial hair.”

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Booker, 20, is coming off a strong season in which he averaged 22.1 points and 3.4 assists. In a March 24 loss at Boston, he became the sixth player in NBA history to score 70 or more points. By season’s end, Booker had become the face of the Phoenix franchise.

For the past month, Booker has kept busy. He participated in a Nike event in Mexico City. For fun, he attended Coachella and the Kentucky Derby. He also sent gifts to a second-grade class in Texas that used him for motivation to reach their reading goals.

“I keep saying: What’s so special about that – it’s in Austin, Texas,” Booker said. “That’s when it really hit me that you can make an impact across the world. I don’t have family there, I don’t have anybody there and some second-grade class loved me. That meant a lot.”

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Booker also has stayed on the court. He’s run in a few open gyms with Arizona State players. Pretty much anytime someone calls with a game, he goes. Probably next month or early July, Booker’s trainer will come to Phoenix and his workouts will get more intense.

Until then, he’ll focus on the draft. Asked if he had someone in mind he’d like for the Suns to draft, Booker said he still has to do more research. It’s not like last year, when close friend and former teammate Tyler Ulis was among those in the draft pool.

But he understands the draft’s importance, both in the short term and long.

“We’re at that point where we have veterans, we have young guys, and bringing in another top player I think can get us over that edge,’’ Booker said. “We have great veterans around us. We have young players with a lot of experience so bringing him in — whoever it is – I just hope they’re ready to work.”

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Contact Doug Haller at 602-444-4949 or at [email protected] Follow him at Twitter.com/DougHaller.

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