Devin Booker’s Moss Point squad isn’t off to a great start in North Carolina, but the UK signee is putting up big individual numbers.
Booker is averaging 40.0 points and 9.5 rebounds after two losses at the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational in Raleigh. In Friday’s loss, Booker had 38 points, 11 rebounds and made 22 of 24 free-throw attempts. On Thursday, the 6-foot-5 guard scored 42 points and made all 17 of his free-throw attempts.
That means — through the first two games of the event — Booker has made 39 of 41 free throws (95.1 percent).
Earlier this month, Booker made 20 of 24 free-throw attempts in a loss to Ballard at the Marshal County Hoop Fest. After the game, he talked about the importance of cashing in on the freebies.
“It’s big,” he said. “We’re seeing that right now with the young team at Kentucky. Free throws are big. My dad’s been stressing them. You just have to get up there and knock them down.”
Moss Point will play in a consolation game Saturday morning. Booker needs 36 points in that contest to break Donald Williams’ tournament scoring record, which has stood for 23 years. Williams went on to lead North Carolina to the 1993 national championship, winning Most Outstanding Player honors at the Final Four that season.