“That’s crazy, the atmosphere (at Crisler),” said Booker. “I went to another rivalry game this year, the Missouri-Kansas game, and I don’t know which one was better. They were both good."
That arena atmosphere bled over into the concourse where Booker was recognized by a few fans.
“I was on my way to the bathroom and someone said something to me,” he remembered. “That excites me. It’s what I’ve been waiting for my whole life.”
That contributed to what was an extremely exciting and welcoming environment. It appealed not only to him, but also to the family members that he brought along with.
“I came up with my mom and my brother,” Booker reported. “My brother has always been a Michigan State fan his whole life, but now I think that’s changing a little bit. My mom, she likes Michigan a lot.”
The game was certainly the most impactful aspect of the trip, but the tour of the revamped facilities left a major mark also.
Said Booker, “I had already gone through them after that homecoming game (vs. Purdue last fall) and they weren’t all the way finished, but they were pretty close. They showed us the finished product and they’re amazing!“
Booker, while obviously impressed, still wasn’t quite ready to name Michigan his leader. That said, the Maize & Blue is clearly in very strong standing. The Wolverine coaches did their part to make sure it stays that way by letting the talented youngster know that he is a priority.
“Me, Bacari (Alexander), and Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin talked for a little bit (about possibly playing together at Michigan),” Booker recalled. “Zak was at the homecoming game, so I met him there, but that was my first time meeting Derek.”
“I went into the locker room after the game, and listened to what Coach Beilein had to say to the players. Then afterward I talked to Beilein and Bacari a little bit more.”
The conversations will undoubtedly continue is the coming months. Then on June 15th (the date on or after which Beilein will offer juniors-to-be) the discussion about a potential scholarship can commence. For the time being Booker is focused on school and steadily honing his game.
“Right now me and my dad are just training every day -- in the weight room and in the gym,” he said. “Then I think in two weeks we’ll have our first practice with Alabama Challenge.”
Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for more on Devin Booker in the coming months.