Booker's recruitment still on track

The Blue Devils' class of 2014 received an early commitment from top 40 scoring guard Grayson Allen earlier this week. That would seem to throw up a barrier to Duke's landing another big time backcourt scorer in the same class, right?

Mississippi scoring guard Devin Booker was the first scoring guard to receive an offer from head coach Mike Krzyzewski in the class of 2014. That offer came during Booker's unofficial visit to Durham in February. At that time, the five star prospect seemed impressed and excited:

"Words can't describe," Booker said. "It was a dream come true. It's something I've worked hard for. Me and my dad have spent hours and hours in the gym and now that it's paying it feels good."

Now, just a little more than six weeks later, Booker has seen a number of blue bloods get involved with an offer including North Carolina, Kentucky, Florida, Michigan, and Missouri. Each program is pitching a similar role for Booker -- come in and be ready to score the basketball.

In order to fulfill his side of the bargain, it's imperative that Booker is able to find his way onto the court early on, which means the depth chart could be a factor. Still, the five star scoring guard says he's willing to win that right in practice from day one, wherever he goes.

"[Depth chart] will play a role in my decision, but it's not a major deal to me. I want to work for it, and I believe I can go in and earn my spot. Of course, I don't want to be at a place where the depth chart is majorly filled in."

Enter the Grayson Allen commitment in Durham.

Taken alone, the four star scoring guard doesn't preclude Duke from recruiting Booker, as he told Scout.com on Thursday night.

"(Allen's commitment) mixes it up a little bit, but I wouldn't say it totally affects my decision because in the first place I don't want anything given to me," said Booker. 

Add in Duke's preference of running multiple scoring guards on the court at the same time, and the likely NBA defections before Booker gets to school, and Mike Krzyzewski's pitch comes a bit more into focus.

"[The Duke coaches] feel Rodney Hood will be gone and Jabari Parker too. They aren't sure about Rasheed Sulaimon yet, whether he'll be gone too, but like I said before, I don't want anything handed to me. That doesn't play a role with me, I'm not thinking about being a one and done player, however long it takes me to get to the next level is what I'm thinking."

Whatever his choice, Booker has a number of high major offers, and says he'll target a decision sometime during the late summer period.


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