Duke, UNC stop by to see Booker

Duke and North Carolina stopped by to see Devin Booker this week. He's planning to visit both schools, plus a few others following his junior season.

Interest continues to rise for Scout.com's No. 23 overall prospect Devin Booker.

"It's picking up right now," Booker said of his recruitment. "North Carolina was at practice [on Monday]. Duke was at the game on [Tuesday]. Izzo was here last Friday and so was LSU's head coach. Right now I'm still open so I'm giving them all an opportunity to get involved."

Duke and North Carolina are both relatively new to Booker's recruitment. The Moss Point (Miss.) High standout said each appear to be recruiting him a little harder.

"Duke started around Christmas time," Booker said. "That was the first time they called me. Duke has had a lot of good shooting guards, so that's a good look."

"It started a little bit in the summer and then it was off and now they're back down here," Booker said of North Carolina's interest.

Duke assistant Jeff Capel watched Devin Booker score 30 points in a game on Wednesday, including hitting all 17 of his free throw attempts. Following the game the Duke assistant expressed his interest.

"Coach Capel said he's not the head coach but he said if coach was there he probably would have for sure offered and that it could come soon," Booker told Scout.com.

When UNC stopped by his high school, Booker was forced to the sidelines, but he said the Heels pushed their recent point guard commitment.

"My wrist held me out of practice after that Friday night game, but now they got that commitment from Joel Berry, you know a lot of people would like to play with him because he's a good point guard," he said. "That's a lot of what he talked about. Their system fits me well and a lot of great players have been through there."

Booker said he's followed North Carolina's program for quite some time.

"I've always been a fan of Carolina, maybe not a fan, but you have to keep up with them because they are always on TV and they're a big team," Booker said. "I've always watched Roy's team and they are successful, so that's going to play a part."

Following his junior season, Booker is planning to visit Duke and North Carolina, plus a few other schools.

"I'm supposed to hit Duke, Carolina and right now we have Florida scheduled for March 2nd," Booker said. "My dad is going to be at all of them and this will be his first time going up to Michigan, so we are going to hit Michigan and Michigan State too."

On the court, Booker continues to perform at a high level. He said he's been the focus of opposing defenses, but is still having the best year of his high school career.

"I've been playing the best I have ever so far," Booker said. "I'm getting a bunch of junk defenses with box and 1's and double teams, but I'm playing through it and getting my teammates better involved."

"At the end of the last year that's when teams really started double-teaming," he added. "Me and my dad actually worked on these tough shots I have to take. We simulated what it would be like in the game."

Booker is rated as a five-star recruit in the 2014 recruiting class.


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