May 292014
 
Devin Booker

Devin Booker

Devin Booker has chosen to wear No. 1 for Kentucky next season, he announced Thursday on Twitter.

Booker wore No. 2 for his high school and AAU teams, but that number will be taken by returning shooting guard Aaron Harrison.

James Young and Darius Miller are the two most recent players to wear No. 1 at Kentucky, and Booker mentioned both of them in his tweets Thursday.

Fellow freshmen Tyler Ulis (No. 3) and Trey Lyles (No. 41) will be free to wear their high school numbers, but Karl-Anthony Towns will have to find a new one. Towns was No. 44 in high school — the number worn by Dakari Johnson last season. Towns was No. 12 — which is available — for the Dominican national team.

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Apr 252014
 

Kentucky signee Devin Booker has worn No. 2 on his high school and AAU teams over the past few years.

The return of Aaron Harrison means the incoming McDonald’s All-American will have to pick a new number when he gets to Lexington.

Apparently, Booker is taking suggestions:

The high school numbers of UK signees Trey Lyles (No. 41) and Tyler Ulis (No. 3) will be available. Karl-Anthony Towns was No. 44 in high school, and that’s the number worn by Dakari Johnson this past season. Towns wore No. 12 — which is available — for the Dominican national team.

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Apr 252014
 
Photo: Amanda McCoy/Sun Herald

Photo: Amanda McCoy/Sun Herald

The return of Andrew and Aaron Harrison to Kentucky for next season probably means a lesser role for incoming freshmen Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis.

That could be a good thing.

If the Harrison twins had declared for the NBA Draft, Ulis and Booker probably would have started and played significant minutes during their first season in Lexington. Instead, the two newcomers will get to practice every day against two future NBA players — and defensive stalwart Dominique Hawkins — and they should still see quite a bit of time on the court.

The level of pressure won’t be there, but the playing time will.

Andrew and Aaron Harrison will obviously be the favorites to start at guard, but 247Sports recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer said Booker could still be in line to make the starting five.

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Devin Booker watches Wildcats in SEC Tournament

 Posted by at 10:23 PM on March 14, 2014  Comments Off on Devin Booker watches Wildcats in SEC Tournament
Mar 142014
 
Booker

Booker

UK signee Devin Booker made the five-hour trip from his Mississippi hometown to Atlanta on Friday to see the Wildcats defeat Louisiana State in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament.

Booker posted several photos from the game, tweeted his appreciation for the many UK fans in attendance and said it was the “best game” he’d seen the Cats play all season.

His father — former Missouri star Melvin Booker — also made the trip to represent his Tigers, who lost to top-seeded Florida earlier in the day.

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Feb 012014
 
From @DevinBook's Twitter account

From @DevinBook’s Twitter account

UK’s first Southeastern Conference trip to Missouri is causing some split loyalties in the house of one Wildcats recruit.

Future Kentucky guard Devin Booker tweeted a photo Saturday of himself in a blue UK sweatshirt and his father in a yellow Mizzou shirt. The UK signee included the phrase “Battle of the household” in an earlier tweet.

Melvin Booker was the star player on Missouri’s Elite Eight team in 1994 that ran roughshod over the Big Eight Conference. He averaged 18.1 points per game and was a first-team All-American that season.

Devin Booker had Missouri among his finalists, but he chose to commit to UK and eventually signed with the Wildcats in November.

The younger Booker broke Moss Point (Miss.) High School’s career scoring record Friday night. He now has 2,263 career points at Moss Point.

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Devin Booker makes 39 free throws in two games

 Posted by at 12:34 PM on December 27, 2013  Comments Off on Devin Booker makes 39 free throws in two games
Dec 272013
 
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Booker

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).

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Tweet watch: Devin Booker the latest to recruit Elam

 Posted by at 4:55 PM on December 17, 2013  Comments Off on Tweet watch: Devin Booker the latest to recruit Elam
Dec 172013
 

The UK football coaches and their commitments for the Class of 2014 have made it quite clear that they want in-state defensive tackle Matt Elam to join up for next season.

On Tuesday, it was UK basketball signee Devin Booker who chimed in with a recruiting pitch …

Elam will announce his decision on Jan. 4. His finalists are UK, Alabama and Notre Dame.

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Devin Booker: ‘I still think we have the best class’

 Posted by at 1:31 PM on December 9, 2013  Comments Off on Devin Booker: ‘I still think we have the best class’
Dec 092013
 
Booker

Booker

Devin Booker knows that Duke has passed UK in the team recruiting rankings for 2014, but he still thinks he’s part of the best signing class for next season.

The major recruiting services are now ranking the Blue Devils’ quartet of Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones, Justice Winslow and Grayson Allen at No. 1. UK comes next in most rankings, with Booker, Trey Lyles, Karl Towns Jr. and Tyler Ulis.

Booker likes his bunch better.

“I still think we have the best class,” he said. “Obviously, you know, Duke has a really good class. But I feel like — even if we ended with the class right now — we’d still be the best class. But, at the end of the day, we have to show it on the next level.”

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Devin Booker hears comparisons to Warriors’ star

 Posted by at 10:45 PM on December 8, 2013  Comments Off on Devin Booker hears comparisons to Warriors’ star
Dec 082013
 
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Booker

After Devin Booker put up 40 points in a single game at the Marshall County Hoop Fest on Saturday, his coach was asked if that was a typical performance for the UK signee.

“He shoots much better from the outside,” Micoe Cotton said with a straight face, pointing to Booker’s 2-for-6 showing from three-point range.

“He should have had more,” Cotton added with a smile.

Booker is considered one of the best pure shooters in high school basketball. That reputation has led to some to compare him to former UK standout Doron Lamb. Booker acknowledged after Saturday’s game that he had heard that before, but said Lamb isn’t the comparison he hears the most.

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Devin Booker scores 40 points in loss to Ballard

 Posted by at 10:54 PM on December 7, 2013  Comments Off on Devin Booker scores 40 points in loss to Ballard
Dec 072013
 
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Booker

BENTON — Devin Booker’s first game in the state of Kentucky was one to remember.

The UK signee scored a game-high 40 points and grabbed nine rebounds, but his Moss Point (Miss.) squad fell 92-71 to No. 1-ranked Ballard on Saturday night at the Marshall County Hoop Fest.

Booker was 9-for-18 from the field and made 20 of 24 free-throw attempts. He had only two turnovers despite having the ball in his hands for much of the game against Ballard’s high-pressure defense.

Moss Point Micoe Cotton pulled Booker out of the game with 1:32 left, and the pro-UK Hoop Fest crowd gave him a standing ovation.

With all eyes on Booker, Butler signee Kelan Martin turned in an epic performance for Ballard. The Bruins big man finished with 30 points and 12 rebounds to earn game MVP honors. U of L signee Quentin Snider added 18 points and nine assists, including several dazzling passes that led to Bruins baskets in the second half.

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