Booker's phone has been busy

Four-star guard Devin Booker looked good at the Kevin Durant Skills Academy, and has one visit coming up shortly.

At the Kevin Durant Skills Academy one player who shined in the drills was Devin Booker. The Moss Point (Miss.) High School standout has seen his game grow tremendously in the past year, and that shows during the drills and in a structured setting. It is no surprise that the class of 2014 prospect's phone has been very busy over the past few weeks.

Getting invited to the Durant Skills Academy is one of the best things for a high school wing. With specialized drills and competition against the best in the class, the opportunity is there to learn a lot.

"It is an honor to come here and compete against the best kids in the nation," said Booker. "It is an honor I have always wanted. A year ago I wasn't even ranked, and now I am getting a chance to play against the best kids in the nation."

A big reason for the invite was the growth that Booker has shown in his game over the last year. He credits that to working with his father, Melvin Booker.

"This past year I moved down with my dad to get pro training," said Booker. "My dad played professionally and finally retired, so he gets to teach me all of the things I never learned when I was living with my mom. He has showed me a lot of things that have helped me to explode on the circuit."

Not surprisingly the schools list for Booker continues to grow.

"Michigan, Missouri, Alabama, Mississippi State, Georgetown, Florida, and Michigan State are all really recruiting me," said Booker.

As would be expecting at 12:01 a.m. on June 15, Booker's phone was getting hit up quite a bit from many of those schools.

"Oh man between 12-12:30 I got like 20 text messages," Booker explained. "It is something I always wanted, but it got annoying a little bit. Still it is something I always wanted so I am definitely not complaining."

One school that has been on him the longest is Michigan.

"Michigan has been there from the start," Booker explained. "I have lived in Michigan my whole life with my mom, so they have always been around. They were the first college to stay in touch with me. I have now been there four times and I like the coaching staff and love being around there."

Now living right near the Alabama/Mississippi border, Booker plays his AAU with the Alabama Challenge and is hearing quite a bit from the Crimson Tide.

"I like Alabama a lot," explained Booker. "Coach (Anthony) Grant keeps in touch a lot. His son plays for the Alabama Challenge 16's, me and him talk a little bit as well."

In terms of visits, the next one coming up for Booker is to Michigan State. After he leaves the Durant Skills Academy, on his way back home to Michigan he will visit the Spartans on Wednesday.

"It is my first time actually getting a chance to talk to Coach (Tom) Izzo face to face," said Booker. "Growing up in Michigan I never really rooted for either MSU or Michigan, so I am just trying to give each school an equal chance and get a feel for them."

At the moment Booker is in no hurry to make a decision. However he already has a clear idea of what he will be looking for in a school.

"First and most importantly is academics," said Booker. "Also I am looking at lifetime opportunities. If I don't go pro, what can the school do for me when I am done playing. I also want to feel comfortable around the coaching staff."

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