Mississippi POY Signs with 49ers

Charlotte 49ers head coach Bobby Lutz, today, announced the signing of 6-7; 230-pound power forward David Booker (Moss Point, Miss./Moss Point High School) to a National Letter of Intent and Grant-in Aid Scholarship.

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    David Booker, Mississippi's Gatorade Player of the Year, averaged 27 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots as a senior, leading Moss Point High to a 22-9 record. In his last four games, he averaged 37.8 points for head coach Brian Brooks.

    "David has excellent offensive skills," said Lutz, who will be entering his ninth season as head coach of the 49ers. "He is a very good shooter and exceptional passer for a big forward in addition to his abilities around the basket."

    "I'm excited," Booker said of his decision. "Now I can just focus on playing. I really like their system and the offensive freedom they play with. That was a big factor in choosing Charlotte over the other schools. I think (fans) will be excited about my shooting and my rebounding and just my overall game."

    A two-time first team all-state performer, Booker scored a career-high 50 points, this year, in a state playoff first round victory over Brandon High School as Moss Point advanced to the state 5A final four.

    "It was playoff time," Booker explained. "My team needed me and they gave me the ball. And I was hot."

    A four-year star at Moss Point, Booker averaged 21.0 points and 11.0 rebounds as a junior. The Tigers advanced to the state playoffs in each of Booker's four seasons. A four-year starter, he retired as the Tigers all-time leading scorer with 2251 points.

    "He will go down in history as the greatest player to go through our school," said Brooks, who first added Booker to the Tigers' varsity squad at the end of his eighth grade season. "He was our first four-year letterwinner. What I really loved about him is that I explained to him before each year that his role had to change and he took it in stride. If we needed his rebounding, defense, needed him scoring more, it was always `Yes, sir.' He's one of those kids who will sit and look at the film, come in to the gym at 5:30 in the morning working on his game. You sign good players everyday. You don't always sign good students of the game. We're losing a great one but Charlotte is bringing in an even better one. He's a really class act."

    "We are very excited about his decision to join us at Charlotte," Lutz added. "David comes from a great program and coach which will aid his transition to this level."

    Booker scored 14 points and added seven rebounds in the 2006 Mississippi-Alabama High School All-Star Game.

    He joins a recruiting class that includes arguably the nation's top junior college point guard: Carlos Williams, two-time Georgia 4A Player of the Year AnJuan Wilderness, Charlotte's own Charles Dewhurst and shooting stars Sean Phaler and Ian Anderson. The six-man class includes four high school stars: 6-7 forward Booker; 6-6 forward Wilderness; 6-5 wing Dewhurst and 6-4 shooting guard Anderson and two junior college standouts: 6-1 point guard Williams and 6-9 forward Phaler.

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