Status: UK signee
Shooting guard | 6-5 | 180
High school: Moss Point
Hometown: Moss Point, Miss.
Devin Booker emerged on UK’s recruiting radar late in his junior season, and John Calipari put on a full-court press once he jumped into the mix. The UK coach flew to Mississippi and personally extended Booker the scholarship offer in April. He’s been a fixture in the stands for the prospect’s games ever since.
Booker — the son of former Missouri star Melvin Booker — is a phenomenal shooter.
“He’s arguably the best shooter in the 2014 class,” Scout.com’s Evan Daniels told the Herald-Leader. “He shoots it well off the catch. He’s developing his off-the-dribble game. He’s started developing a mid-range jump shot. He has deep range and a really quick release.
“It’s clear that he spends a lot of time in the gym.”
Booker grew up in Michigan with his mother before moving to Mississippi to live and train with his father. He ended up choosing UK over Missouri — where his father was a star player in the early 1990s — and Michigan and Michigan State, the two biggest schools in state where his mother still lives.
Booker is also close friends with UK commitment Tyler Ulis. The two players took their official visits to Lexington at the same time. Ulis committed to the Wildcats a few days later, and he said he started recruiting Booker to UK as soon as he announced.
Though he’s listed as a shooting guard, Booker has enough size and grit to play the small forward position at Kentucky. The Cats will likely need immediate backcourt help next season with the likely departures of Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison and James Young.
|Nov. 2||Meridian||L||33 points|
|Nov. 12||Hattiesburg||W||39 pts, 18 rebs|
|Nov. 19||West Harrison||L||27 pts|
|Nov. 23||Laurel||L||No Stats|
|Nov. 25||Gulfport||L||27 pts, 12 rebs|
|Nov. 30||Corinth||L||17 pts|
|Nov. 30||Southwind||L||23 pts|
|Dec. 6||Pascagoula||W||21 pts, 21 rebs|
|Dec. 7||Ballard||L||40 pts, 9 rebs|
|Dec. 13||Harrison Central|
|Dec. 26-28||Raleigh, N.C., tourney|
|Jan. 3||St. Stanislaus|
|Jan. 17||St. Stanislaus|
|Jan. 18||St. Martin|
|Jan. 21||Pass Christian|
|Jan. 25||Biloxi Hoopfest|
|Jan. 31||Pass Christian|
“He just said that a lot of pressure comes with playing at Kentucky. He said Big Blue Nation are obviously wild, and if you have a bad game they’re going to get on you. But that’s the kind of pressure I like.”
- Devin Booker