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Recruiting Profile: 2014 SG Devin Booker


Overview

When class of 2014 shooting guard Devin Booker revealed recently that he would include a trip to Duke on his two-week, five-school tour around the country, Blue Devil fans wondered how much interest — on both ends — there was between the Moss Point High School (MS) junior and Duke. But after the Blue Devils offered following their 21-point win over Boston College, which the the 6’4, 180-pound guard attended, it’s pretty clear that their is a legitimate mutual interest. A near consensus five-star prospect, Booker is a high-character kid who is the son of Melvin Booker, a University of Missouri Hall of Famer and 1994 First-Team All-American that led the Tigers to an Elite Eight the season he won the 1994 Big Eight Player of the Year.

Booker is a terrific scorer who averaged nearly 30 points per game this past season. He scored more than 30 points 16 times out of 28 contests and poured in at least 48 points on two separate occasions in December. Booker’s career-high of 54 came in his sophomore season when he averaged nearly 23 points per game that year. During last summer when he starred for the Alabama Challenge in the Nike EYBL, he poured in nearly 15 points in less than 27 minutes per contest. He was also one of the top free-throw shooters in the 40-team league with an 85.4% mark from the charity stripe while shooting over 43% from beyond the arc and chipping in close to four rebounds a game. In addition to the EYBL, he participated in the Nike Elite 100, LeBron James Skills Academy and Kevin Durant Skills Academy.

The Michigan native boasts many offers outside of Duke which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Michigan, Mississippi and Missouri. He has already visited Alabama, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Missouri and North Carolina and has upcoming trips planned to Florida Saturday, Michigan State March 7 and Michigan March 10. Booker has yet to publicize a timetable for his commitment but it seems unlikely that he’d be a fall commitment — although anything at this point would be unsurprising. He said he’ll continue to take unofficial visits through the end of the summer, at which point he’ll cut his list down and consider where he’ll take his official trips.

Evaluation

As you could probably tell by his stats, Booker is a phenomenal scorer. He’s a prospect with a high basketball-IQ and a surprisingly good shot selection for someone who attempts (and makes) as many shots as he does. Booker scores more off perimeter and mid-range jumpers than attacking the basket and has good range beyond the arc. However, he could improve his ability inside the arc as well as his ball-handling. Booker can also make use of his off hand better but looks to have some natural, untapped athletic ability and feel for the game.

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Josh Paunil is a contributor to Duke Report who runs his own site, National Recruiting Spotlight, dedicated to college basketball recruiting. He loves getting feedback on his work and encourages readers to leave a comment on his articles to get a dialogue going. You can follow him on Twitter at @JoshPaunilNRS.

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