Top senior Booker not sitting back

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Moss Point’s Devin Booker credits his success to long hours in the gym.

By Brandon Speck

Daily Journal

Moss Point senior shooting guard Devin Booker is ranked as18th best senior prospect in America according to ESPN. He is the top senior in Mississippi, a Kentucky signee.

That hasn’t stopped him from trying to elevate his game.

“My strengths are shooting, and this year rebounding,” Booker said. “I’ve been focusing on rebounding. My dad talked to me about being a big guard. Not many guards rebound. That’s just one thing I’m focusing on.”

Booker was one of four ESPN 100 players in the Lighthouse Thanksgiving Classic over the weekend in Corinth.

Dad is Melvin, a star at Missouri who went on to play in the NBA. Four-star Devin was Missouri’s top target.

“A lot went into the decision, first, Coach (John) Calipari,” Booker said. “We had a great relationship, and just the history behind what he’s done with guards that kind of fit my style of play. I felt the Big Blue Nation effect. It hit me hard.”

Booker said the attention started coming his way when he moved from Michigan as a sophomore. Business picked up as a junior.

“Ever since then, there’s been a target on my back,” Booker said. “I think it’s only making me better.”

Booker said he’s also working to improve in creating his own shot off the dribble and being more of a leader for his young team.

As a junior, he averaged nearly 30 points and was Mississippi’s Gatorade Player of the Year.

Moss Point lost both games in Corinth, but Booker put on a show, 17 points against Corinth and 23 against Southwind, Tenn.

Corinth’s full gym oohed when the 6-foot-5 shooter took contested shot after shot.

“Some people just think this happens,” Booker said. “It really doesn’t. I spend many hours in the gym, me and my dad. I’ve been all over the world playing basketball. It just never stops.”

brandon.speck@journalinc.com