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Suns GM Ryan McDonough joins the Jr. NBA Leadership Council

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McDonough joins illustrious group of players, team executives and celebrities.

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough was one of several people named by the NBA on Tuesday to the Jr. NBA Leadership Council, a group aimed at helping to promote youth basketball across North America.

McDonough, 35, was named general manager of the Suns in 2013 after a decade with the Boston Celtics in several capacities working primarily as a talent evaluator. He is one of the youngest general managers in the NBA today, just two years older than Orlando Magic GM Rob Hennigan.

The Jr. NBA program seeks to "positively impact children's lives by teaching fundamental skills and core values through the game of basketball" and has a mix of experience and youth in their Leadership Council. Along with McDonough is Suns legend Steve Nash, 38-year-old Celtics coach Brad Stevens, filmmaker Spike Lee, actor Michael B. Jordan, ESPN analyst Doris Burke, Steph Curry and Anthony Davis.

To celebrate the upcoming Jr. NBA Week, the Suns will host two Suns Skills Academies for loyal youth on Friday, October 23 along with Sonny Weems and Eric Bledsoe.