Booker's Dilemma

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. --- Devin Booker has a recruitment timeline and wants to stick with it. He wants to take his time, make more visits and decide when he's ready. But it's hard to ignore the dominoes that are falling in the Class of 2014. And it's left him somewhat conflicted.

After his opening game at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, the 6-4 shooting guard from Moss Point (Miss.) said all the right things when asked by reporters about the impact of other wings in his class making early commitments.

"It's not really a big deal to me," he said. "If I feel a school is the right place for me I think I'll go regardless. If a school is the right fit for me, that's the school I'll be going to. Another player in my spot won't be that big of a deal. There's nothing wrong with competition."

Yet, in light of the fact that half of the Top 25 wings in 2014 are already off the board – in some cases to schools that are on Booker's list – he admitted it could add some unpredictability to his timeline: "It switches it up a little bit. … Time will tell. I'll sit back and watch. Never know when I'm going to commit, actually."

Duke took a commitment from Grayson Allen, and its pursuit of Booker has subsequently slowed. North Carolina landed both Justin Jackson and Theo Pinson, and while the Tar Heels are open to adding one more wing - and Booker notes a "good relationship" with that duo – he thinks they have eased up on him to a degree as well.

"It's slowed down a bit ever since they got the commits, " he said of UNC's interest. "They still text me, they still tell me they need a shooter to space the floor. I'm just listening to everything right now. … Me and Coach Roy, we'll talk on the phone every few weeks. They said they still need a shooter."

Others remain in full pursuit. He noted Florida and Stanford showing serious interest, Kentucky being his likely next visit destination, Missouri is his father's alma mater, and the hometown appeal of Michigan State and Michigan (he spent most of his life in Michigan and his mother remains there), adding that the Wolverines have been recruiting him since the 8th grade.

While Booker qualifies that he doesn't have a definitive school list at this point, it seems clear that if he did have a list, it'd be comprised of the aforementioned eight programs.

As he sorts through the uncertainty of his recruitment, he's logging some heavy miles on the travel circuit. After four EYBL sessions, Booker is at the NBPA Top 100 Camp this week.

The surrounding talent gives him an opportunity not afforded in high school or EYBL events.

"Playing with all good players, I like it, I can be more of a facilitator than just a shot taker," he said. "I think this is more of what college will be like, playing with other players that have a lot of experience. This is a good camp to get me ready for college."

Booker didn't live up to his sharpshooter rep in his opening game on Thursday, though there's more to his game than perimeter jumpers.

"If my shot's not falling I try to attack the rack more, be a facilitator, I take pride in my defense and then rebound," he said.

"I want to improve more off the bounce and prove that I'm not just a shooter."

The questions in his postgame interview session quickly returned to his recruitment. With the list of heavy hitters recruiting him, it was no surprise to see the swarm of reporters that approached him postgame in Charlottesville.

"It's getting hard right now," he concluded. "After the summer I think I'll have a better idea of what I'm going to do – cutting it down, taking officials – I might not even take all my officials. I don't know how it's going to go right now but I will know by the end of the summer."

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