On The Record: Devin Booker

The Clemson Tigers picked up their first commitment for the 2009 class when Devin Booker gave his pledge to head coach Oliver Purnell just two days ago. Booker went on the record with CUTigers.com to discuss the commitment and much more.

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Oliver Purnell and the Clemson coaching staff got a nice surprise just a few days ago when 6-7 Devin Booker committed to the Tigers.

"I was in Greenville," he said. "I was getting ready for AAU practice. Right before practice I called coach Smart. He handed the phone to coach Purnell. He sounded like he was real surprised."

The Palmetto standout had an outstanding year at Union and will be getting a lot of quality experience this summer with his AAU team.

"This summer I will be playing for the Carolina Celtics AAU team. This year I averaged 14 points and 9 rebounds," said Booker.

The Union standout had spent a great deal of time at Clemson watching his brother and he knew he wanted to be a Tiger.

"I have been to almost all of the home games," said Booker. "I really like the environment. I liked the coaching staff. I also like the players."

Devin's verbal commitment was a surprise to his older brother.

"I really didn't talk to him about it. He was surprised. He didn't know I was going to go ahead and commit. We haven't really talked about it yet. We have sent some text messages about it," he said.

The younger Booker hopes to make an immediate impact like his brother when he gets to Clemson. "Right now I am trying to get to where he is. I am working hard in weight room. I am working on my ball handling skills," said Booker.

What type of player is Devin at this point in his high school career?

"I am 6-7. I still have a few more inches in me. I prefer to be an inside presence. I also have a nice jump shot. I am pretty good at free throws. I believe I can shoot them better than my brother," replied Booker.

How does it feel to have your commitment done so early?

"It took a lot of pressure off me. Now I can concentrate on basketball and school," replied Booker.

Booker looks forward to watching the Tigers in the NIT semifinal on Tuesday night.

"Yes sir, I will be watching it at home. I hope they win," said Booker.

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