Nickelberry Critical for Recent Commitment

Union's Trevor Booker went from a mid-major recruit to a high-major one in just a few short weeks in April. With an offer from home-state South Carolina on the table, the 6-foot-7 forward opted to go in another direction.

Trevor Booker had an offer from in-state South Carolina on the table, but it wasn't the ACC.

That's why the 6-foot-7, 215-pound Union High (S.C.) rising senior forward pulled the trigger and committed to Clemson shortly after taking an unofficial visit to the school last week.

"The ACC, Coach (Oliver) Purnell and (assistant coach) Kevin Nickelberry," Booker's AAU coach, Steve McNeely of the South Carolina Celtics, said of the reason for his star player's decision. "Coach Nickelberry did a very good job with Trevor being honest with him on what to expect, and I think the lure of playing in the ACC is what did it for him."

Booker is a big-time athlete who has terrific quickness in getting off the floor. McNeely said he's averaging about 18 points, 15 boards and 5 blocks per game so far in April.

Booker orginally made a name for himself at the Kingwood Classic last month with a big game against Dwayne Collins and got the attention of high-major programs like Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech and Auburn. Prior to the tournament, numerous mid-majors, including Charleston, Winthrop, Furman and William & Mary, were also in pursuit.

Booker joins IMG (Fla.) guard David Potter as the two Clemson commitments in the Class of 2006. Top Stories