Devin Booker is arguably the most feared marksman in the country, regardless of class. After a stellar season at Moss Point (Moss Point, Miss.), where he posted 30 points a game, Booker, a junior, has college basketball giants like Missouri, Duke, Michigan State, Michigan and North Carolina, among others, all hot on his trail. He’s agreed to give USA TODAY HSS exclusive access into his world by chronicling everything from intimate details about his recruitment to his everyday life in a monthly blog.
Hey what’s up everybody!
I’m not in the best of moods right now because a friend of mine passed away recently.
My boy Brandon Rich was one of the two football players who passed away in the boating accident in Mississippi. The other one was Caleb Sweeten so keep both of their families in your prayers.
Brandon was one of the best competitors that I’ve ever known.
He played against me during the season and he was more of a football player than a basketball player, but I always respected him because he always brought it.
He always guarded me really well. He made it tough for me to score and he worked really hard on the court.
Our school made a banner for their school because of the tragedy and I just found out that his mom wants me to call her because she said that I was a real inspiration to him.
That really hit me hard. It shook me up even more when I heard that.
I went to his memorial service Wednesday night. I just wanted to pay my respects to him because he was a really great guy. I’ll always remember him.
In some way I’m gonna honor him next year before my games. I have a T-shirt that says “R.I.P. Brandon” so I may warm-up in that before every game.
This weekend is the third session of the EYBL in Dallas and I am so ready to compete. We’ve definitely gotta win more games this time though.
We ended with a big game over Houston Hoops in the last session so I’m hoping that will carry over in this one.
I personally want to cut down my turnovers. I felt like I had way too many turnovers in the last session.
It was definitely cool to have all of the coaches recruiting me sitting courtside at my games. Some guys say that they don’t look over there, but at some point we all look over there to see the coaches. I definitely see all of them, and I love having them there so this weekend will be different since the coaches won’t be there.
Since leaving the second session in Virginia, I think the school that’s turned it up the most is Kentucky. They’ve been texting and calling me almost every day.
All of the coaches come really hard.
Missouri comes really hard, of course, and all of them, but Kentucky has bumped it up a lot. At first I thought it was just minor interest, but then I got the offer and now Coach Calipari is basically the one that’s doing the recruiting. That’s who I mostly talk to on the phone.
I think maybe after the summer, after AAU I may cut my list down, but I’m not in any kind of hurry right now.
I’m just enjoying playing AAU! I love it!
Before every game my dad runs down a quick scouting report on the team we’re playing. He tells me the strengths and weaknesses of the player that I’ll be guarding and that helps out so much. Right when I go out there I play to the weakness of what he tells me.
OK, well, stepping away from basketball, school is still going really well too.
I’m just trying to finish strong and keep my straight A’s intact.
Alright guys it’s been a long last few days so I’m gonna get going.
Thanks, as always, for reading my blog and make sure you check back soon so I can tell you how we did in Dallas.
Don’t forget to keep Caleb’s and Brandon’s families in your prayers during this tough time.
I’ll catch you later.
Rest in peace Brandon and Caleb.
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