Booker reflects on career at Clemson

CLEMSON – For one final time, Clemson fans will have the chance to witness a rim-rocking Trevor Booker slam that reverberates through Littlejohn Coliseum.

Less than 24 hours after helping the Tigers to their second win on the road during conference play, Booker spoke with reporters about his Clemson career, Tuesday's Senior Night matchup with Georgia Tech and the home stretch of his senior season.

Here's an unedited transcript of Monday afternoon's press conference.

Do you think it would have been a downer if you guys had lost (Sunday) night coming into Senior Night? Do you think it might have taken a good bit of the emotion away?
Booker: I don't think it would take some emotion away. I think it might take some emotion away if we lose tomorrow. I'm not sure how practice will be today. It shouldn't be too hard, considering we played (Sunday) night. If we get our legs, under us, get our rest that we need tonight, I think we've got a pretty good shot of winning (Tuesday).

What's the feeling like for you going into your last game at Littlejohn? It's got to be pretty emotional feeling for you.
Booker: I don't think it's sunk in yet. It probably won't sink in until tomorrow night when they announce my name. It'd be great if I can finish it with a win.

Is it a little bit hard to believe that these four years have gone by? It seems like they would go by fast. Seems to me that every season goes by quick—you turn around, and all of a sudden it's March.
Booker: Yeah, it went by so quick. I'd probably tell you the same thing. It was great being here. At the same time, we've still got some unfinished business left.


"I don't see it going down. I just see it continuing to build." - Trevor Booker on the future of Clemson basketball. (Roy Philpott)
How proud are you of these last four years? When you got here, Clemson wasn't much of a factor in the ACC. Now, they're at least part of the conversation.
Booker: I'm very proud. I think me and (David) Potter had a lot to do with the success of the program, as well as the coaches. I don't see it going down. I just see it continuing to build.

What's your best individual memory from these last four years?
Booker: Maybe beating Duke, last year, maybe.

Does a play in particular stick out to you over the past four years?
Booker: Not one. Probably just all the times I've dunked on somebody (laughs).

What about the one on (Kyle) Singler? That has to. It's been replayed on ESPN a good bit. That has to stand out.
Booker: That's definitely a top three, just because it was on Duke. Yeah, it's top three.

What about your alley-oop to your brother against Maryland?
Booker: That was a pretty good play. I don't consider it top 10.

Just because you weren't dunking?
Booker: Yeah (laughs).

What does that mean to play with (Devin) the last year? That must be special to be able to throw an alley-oop to your brother and do all the things you do as teammates.
Booker: It was great, just showing him the ropes. I got to show the other freshmen the ropes. I got to play with him a year in high school, but it was nothing like this. We're off on our own. Just to play with him, that's a great feeling.

How important for you to finish this season strong? Have a good showing in the ACC Tournament and a good showing in the NCAA Tournament.
Booker: It's very big. To finish my career up strong, it'd be great. If we can go make a run in the NCAA Tournament, it'd be picture perfect.

Do you know what to expect (Tuesday) night? Under coach (Oliver) Purnell, that's been a pretty emotional night, especially for him. What do you expect?
Booker: I expect Georgia Tech not to care about Senior Night and come out and try to win the game. The guys are going to fight for me and Pott. And we're going to fight with them.

You have probably become the face of this program. I'm sure several people across the country, when they think Clemson basketball, your name pops into their mind. What does that mean to you? Do you understand that? Can you grasp that?
Booker: I really don't think about stuff like that. I still think a lot of people probably don't know who I am. I just go out and try to play my game every night. Other stuff comes with it.

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