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2010 (Senior):HEADER TREVOR BOOKER Power Forward/Small Forward Clemson University Tigers #35 6:06.3-236 Whitmire, South Carolina Union High School
OVERVIEW One of the top all-around players in Clemson history, Booker ranks in the top five in school history in scoring and rebounding, making him just the fifth player in Atlantic Coast Conference history to accomplish that feat.
He is also the only player in the conference to ever surpass at least 1,500 points (1,725), 1,000 rebounds (1,060), 200 blocks (249), 200 assists (224) and 100 steals (144) in a career, despite having to play out of position at center and power forward during his tenure with the Tigers.
Booker ranks fifth in school history in points and third in rebounds. He led the Tigers to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and a school-record 93 victories during his four years with the program. He also proved to be a very dependable player who never missed a game or a start, setting the Clemson record for consecutive starts with 134.
Booker finished in the top 10 in Clemson history in 12 different statistical categories, as he placed second in field goals (687), fourth in blocked shots (249), fourth in double figure scoring games (94), fifth in double-doubles (32), eighth in minutes played (3,808), ninth in field goal percentage (.559), and 10th in steals (144) and free throws (328).
He finished his career 13th in Atlantic Coast Conference history in blocked shots and 22nd in rebounding. When he earned first-team All-ACC honors as a senior, he became the first post player from Clemson to do so since Elden Campbell and Dale Davis patrolled the lane in 1990. He was also a two-time All-ACC defensive team selection, as he averaged double figures each of his four seasons, only the sixth player in school history to achieve this, four consecutive years.
In 2008-09 Booker became first ACC player to lead the league in both field goal percentage and rebounding in the same season since Tim Duncan at Wake Forest in 1996-97. He was the first underclassman to lead the league in those categories since Clemson's Dale Davis in 1989-90. A strong finisher with the basketball, he threw down 148 dunks in his career.
A tremendous passer from his forward position, Booker set a Clemson frontcourt record with 224 assists in his career. He earned team's Top Rebounder Award four consecutive years and Field Goal Percentage Award three of four years. He was also named team's Most Valuable Player as a junior and senior.
At Union High School, Booker was named Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of South Carolina as a senior, after he averaged 21.9 points, 16.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game in 2005-06. The AAA Player of the Year and All-State selection was also chosen the Spartanburg Herald-Journal Player of the Year and selected to play in the Carolinas All-Star Classic, where he pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds in that contest between high school stars from South Carolina vs. North Carolina.
The two-time All-Region selection and MVP of the Tri-County Classic (Union, Spartanburg, & Cherokee counties), Booker scored over 1,000 career points with over 1,000 rebounds, as he also blocked 341 shots in his career. Rated one of the nation's top thirty power forwards by Rivals.com, he averaged 14.7 points and 12.9 rebounds per game as a junior. Booker still holds his school's single-game, season, and career records for rebounds and blocked shots. He also played AAU basketball with the South Carolina Celtics.
The cousin of Jordan Hill, a standout basketball player at the University of Arizona who was taken eighth overall in the 2009 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks (since traded to Houston), Booker turned down scholarship offers from several top-rated programs to enroll at Clemson.
Booker put together a stellar freshman season, one of the best in recent memory at Clemson. He averaged 10.4 points per game, one of five players on the team to score in double figures for the season. He also tied for the team lead in rebounds per game at 6.4 and totaled 78 blocks, second-most in school history by a freshman.
In 2007-08, Booker ranked third on the team in scoring at 11.0 points per game and was Clemson's top rebounder at 7.3 per game. The first-team All-ACC Tournament selection, he ranked fourth in the league in offensive rebounds per game (2.71), fourth in blocked shots per game (1.85), and sixth in overall rebounds per game (7.3).
As a junior, Booker earned second-team All-ACC honors and became only the second Clemson player named to the league's All-Defensive Team in the ten years it has been awarded. He also added fourth-team All-American and second-team All-District honors. He averaged a team-best 15.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per game, leading the conference in both field goal percentage (.571) and rebounds per game.
Booker played the 2009-10 season alongside his brother, Devin, a freshman at Clemson. Together, they were the first brother combination to play for the Tigers since Horace and Harvey Grant played together for the 1984-85 season. He also won a bronze medal with Team USA at the World University Games in the summer of 2009, averaging 6.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game over seven contests, while leading the team in blocked shots (8).
During the Clemson season, Booker was a first-team All-ACC selection and league All-Defensive Team choice for the second straight season. The All-District pick was a mid-season finalist for the Naismith Trophy and Wooden Award. He led the Tigers in scoring (15.2 points per game) and rebounding (8.4 rebounds per game) for the second straight season, and finished second on the squad in assists with 81 from his power forward position, a product of improved passing ability and due to frequent opponent double and triple-teams.
GAME ANALYSIS 2006-07 SEASON Put together a stellar freshman season, one of the best in recent memory at Clemson, as he averaged 10.4 points per game, one of five players on the team to score in double figures for the season...Tied for team lead in rebounds per game at 6.4...Totaled 78 blocks, second-most in school history by a freshman (only Tree Rollins had more)...Finished fourth nationally among freshmen and 33rd overall in blocked shots per game (2.17)...Ranked third in the ACC with that figure, but actually led the conference in regular season play with 2.38 blocks per game...His rebound total (232) was second-most in school history for a freshman (Rollins had 316 in 1973-74)...Shot 60.2 percent for the season, also second-best in school history by a freshman...Added 38 assists and 32 steals in a fine all-around first year with the program...Had at least one blocked shot in 34 of the 36 games...Posted three double-doubles, including one in the NIT opening round vs. East Tennessee State...Had four double figure rebounding efforts...Got stronger as the year progressed, a rarity for a freshman...Averaged 9.8 points per game for the first 12 games of the year, then 12.5 over the last 12 games...Played some of his best basketball at the ACC Tournament and the postseason NIT, as he averaged 12.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in five NIT games.
2006-07 SEASON Season-high in scoring came in the second round of the NIT vs. Ole Miss...totaled 21 points vs. the Rebels on 8-of-9 shooting...Also hit 5-6 free throws and added seven rebounds, four assists, three steals, and two blocked shots in that outstanding game...Played well in the ACC Tournament vs. Florida State...scored 19 points on 9-14 field goals...Added nine rebounds and four blocked shots vs. the Seminoles in Tampa...Many of his field goals that day were thunderous slams...scored 12 points on 6-8 shooting vs. Monmouth at the season-opening Cox Communications Classic...Dunked over a 7-foot-2 center in that contest...Posted 10 points and nine rebounds vs. a tough Old Dominion team that would eventually earn an invitation to the NCAA Tournament...Scored 15 points and added three blocks in a 30-point win over Appalachian State...Blocked four shots in a win over Mississippi State in November...Posted 11 rebounds and three blocks vs. Charleston Southern...Despite being limited to 15 minutes of playing time due to foul trouble vs. South Carolina, he scored five points and added eight rebounds..Posted 19 points and hit 8-10 shots in a win over Wofford, as he earned ACC Rookie-of-the-Week honors for that effort...Posted 14 points and seven rebounds vs. Georgia Southern...Posted 14 points and seven rebounds again vs. Georgia, while adding two blocked shots...First career double-double came vs. Georgia State; he tallied 15 points and 12 rebounds vs. the Panthers...Also blocked three shots and added a pair of steals in that game...Recorded 11 points and six offensive rebounds in home win over Georgia Tech...Scored 14 points and blocked a pair of shots at Maryland...Struggled from the field vs. North Carolina, but blocked eight shots...It was the second-most blocks in a game by a freshman in school history...The eight blocks were also second-most in a game vs. the Tar Heels...Had three blocks and four steals at Duke...scored 10 points and added nine rebounds at Wake Forest...Posted first ACC double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds at Boston College...Added four blocks and a pair of steals in that road contest...Tallied 11 points and 11 rebounds vs. East Tennessee State to open the NIT...Played well at Madison Square Garden, scoring 13 vs. both Air Force and West Virginia...Collected three steals vs. the Falcons...Posted eight rebounds and four blocked shots vs. the Mountaineers...Provided one of the top plays of the year vs. WVU by blocking a three-point attempt by a 7-foot center and then dribbling down the other end of the court for a slam to cap the play.
GAME ANALYSIS Top scoring effort of his senior season was 31 points in a December win over Western Carolina...Hit 11-of-13 field goals in the win over the Catamounts, while adding four blocks...Hit 10-of-14 shots for 22 points vs. No. 6 Duke on ESPN's featured matchup following College GameDay from Clemson...Hit 8-12 shots and 5-7 free throws for a total of 21 points vs. North Carolina while also tallying nine rebounds and four assists...Followed with 20 points in win at NC State, where he hit 9-16 shots and also blocked a pair of shots...Closed out his home career in style with 21 points and nine rebounds in Senior Night win over Georgia Tech...Hit 12-15 field goals and totaled 25 points in non-conference win over Furman...Fell just one assist shy of triple-double in win at East Carolina, he had 13 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists...the nine assists established a Clemson single-game record for a front court player...Posted double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds at Florida State, as he came through in the clutch in Tallahassee, hitting four key free throws inside the final 20 seconds and then blocking the potential game-tying shot...also preserved Clemson's best win of the season, a one-point win over Butler in the 76 Classic...Blocked three-point attempt in final seconds, while contributing 12 points and eight rebounds vs. a team that advanced to the champion-ship game of the NCAA Tournament...Posted 18 points vs. Texas A&M, another NCAA Tournament foe...Scored 19 points and added four blocked shots in home win over Boston College...Produced 19 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two blocks in tough two-point loss at Georgia Tech...Scored 19 at Boston College...Produced double-double with 10 points, including key three-pointer in the final four minutes, and season-high 16 rebounds in home win over Maryland...totaled 18 points and three blocks vs. Miami...Notched 17 points and eight rebounds in the ACC Tournament vs. NC State...concluded career with double-double (11 points, 11 rebounds) in NCAA Tournament loss to Missouri.
GAME ANALYSIS 2008-09 SEASON Second-team All-ACC selection by the ACSMA...All-ACC Defensive Team choice by the same organization...Only the second Clemson player named to the All-Defensive Team in the 10 years it has been awarded...All-District III according to the USBWA and second-team All-District selection by the NABC...Named to Fans' Guide to ACC Basketball All-Defensive Team, as voted on by the league's head coaches...Fourth-team All-American according to Jeff Goodman at FoxSports.com...Averaged a team-best 15.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per game...Led the ACC in both field goal percentage (.571) and rebounds per game...Became the first field goal percentage champion from Clemson since Devin Gray in 1993-94...Was the first league rebounding champion for Clemson since Harold Jamison in 1998-99...Ranked second in the league in blocks per game (2.0)...Finished with top-50 NCAA stat rankings in three categories, he was 22nd in rebounding, 28th in field goal percentage, and 49th in blocked shots...Had four games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, third-best in the ACC...Ranked third on Tiger squad with 47 steals...Improved as a free throw shooter from 57 percent as a sophomore to career-best 71 percent his junior year...Collected a team-best 13 double-doubles, including seven in the team's final nine games of the season...Averaged a double-double during the ACC regular season at 15.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game...Notched eight double-doubles in the ACC regular season, most by any player in the conference...Posted 26 double figure scoring games, best on the team...Also had a team-high 16 double figure rebounding efforts...Led the team in rebounding in each of the last eight games...Scored 20 or more points in seven games, also a team-high...Showed improved ability to shoot from the outside, he hit 9-21 three-pointers (41 percent)...Also improved as a ball-handler, totaling 54 assists to a career-low 59 turnovers...Became the second member of Clemson's 40-40-40 club (at least 40 blocks, steals, and assists), joining Elden Campbell (1989-90)...Led the team with 54 points in the last five minutes of games decided by 10 points or less or in overtime...Named ACC Player-of-the-Week to start the season after earning MVP honors at the Charleston Classic, where he led the Tigers to a 3-0 record.
2008-09 SEASON Scored game-high 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting in upset of No. 3 Duke...Added eight rebounds, three blocks, and a pair of monster dunks in that contest...Posted his career-best scoring night vs. an ACC team with 23 points in Clemson's home opener vs. NC State...Added six blocks vs. the Wolfpack...Top scoring game overall as a junior was vs. Presbyterian, he totaled 25 points on 11-of-16 shooting...Had double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds in road wins over Virginia Tech and Boston College...Scored just 11 points vs. Maryland, but hit all five field goals and added game-high 14 rebounds...Had highlight-reel follow dunk off a missed three by Terrence Oglesby that made the SportsCenter Top 10 plays the next morning...Posted double-double at Georgia Tech in comeback win, totaling 21 points and 12 rebounds...Tied career-high with seven offensive boards in that contest...Had 21 points and 13 rebounds in home game vs. Virginia Tech...Posted 13 points and 15 rebounds in Senior Day win over Virginia...Closed out ACC regular season with 18 points and 10 boards at Wake Forest...Leading scorer for Clemson at ACC Tournament with 17 points vs. Georgia Tech...Recorded double-double in NCAA Tournament loss to Michigan with 18 points and 11 rebounds...Posted 16 points and 13 rebounds to start season vs. Hofstra...Blocked seven shots, a season-high vs. TCU...His seven blocks were most by an ACC player all season...Posted 15 points and 16 rebounds in championship game of Charleston Classic vs. Temple...Contributed 16 points and eight rebounds in ACC/Big Ten Challenge win at Illinois...Scored 18 points vs. Liberty and SC State...Snagged 16 rebounds in ACC road opener vs. Miami...Produced double-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocked shots at South Carolina...Had a follow dunk in that game that made SportsCenter's top plays...Tallied 19 points and three blocks in home win over Alabama.
GAME ANALYSIS 2007-08 SEASON Ranked third on the Tiger team in scoring at 11.0 points per game, as he scored exactly 374 points for the second straight season...Was Clemson's top rebounder at 7.3 per game...Earned first-team All-ACC Tournament honors after leading the Tigers to the league championship game for just the second time in school history...Ranked fourth in the ACC in offensive rebounds per game (2.71), fourth in blocked shots per game (1.85), and sixth in overall rebounds per game (7.3)...Ranked second on the squad in field goal accuracy (.555)...Led the Tigers in blocked shots with 63, the next closest player was Raymond Sykes with 26...Posted seven of the team's 15 double-doubles...Scored in double figures in 19 games and had 10 double figure rebounding efforts...Scored 61 points in back-to-back games in January, the most points scored by a Clemson player in consecutive games since Edward Scott had 61 over a two-game stretch as a senior in 2002-03...Named ACC Player-of-the-Week on Jan. 14 after leading Clemson to a double overtime win over Florida State...Played his best vs. ranked competition, as he averaged 12.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest in three games vs. a Final Four team, North Carolina...Showed an improved ability as a passer in 2007-08, as he totaled 51 assists which ranked fifth on the team...Became more of a factor down the stretch of games as a sophomore, as he scored 43 points, second-most on the team, in the last five minutes of games decided by 10 points or less or in overtime.
2007-08 SEASON Top two games of the season came back-to-back in early January...Scored career-high 32 points vs. Charlotte on incredible 10-14 field goal shooting and 11-15 free throws...Added 11 rebounds, including career-high seven offensive boards, and four blocked shots vs. the 49ers...Led Clemson to double overtime win over Florida State the next game out after scoring 29 points...Hit 10-12 shots vs. the Seminoles and added three blocks...banked in a buzzer beater three-pointer in the final seconds of regulation to send the game to over-time...Had 11 points and 12 rebounds vs. Old Dominion early in the season...Posted 15 points and seven rebounds vs. Gardner-Webb...Grabbed 13 rebounds and collected four blocks vs. Purdue in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge...Scored 15 points and had 11 rebounds in win over South Carolina...Pulled down career-high 17 rebounds at East Carolina, the most rebounds by a Clemson player under Oliver Purnell (2003-present)...Scored 18 points and added 10 rebounds in DePaul win in the San Juan Shootout...Hit 9-of-13 field goals and scored 18 points in dominant road win at Alabama...Posted double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds vs. top-ranked North Carolina at home...Scored 13 points and blocked three shots in matchup vs. heralded NC State freshman J.J. Hickson at home...Posted 15 points and 10 rebounds in loss at Duke...Sprained his ankle early and played only six minutes at Miami...Had double-double in only 27 minutes of play at North Carolina (10 points, 10 rebounds)...Tallied 12 points and nine rebounds at Florida State...Scored 18 points on 8-13 shooting and had a pair of monster dunks at Maryland...Made 9-11 field goals for a total of 18 points in win over #7 Duke in the ACC Tournament semifinals...Posted 12 points, six rebounds, and six blocked shots in tournament championship game vs. North Carolina...His six blocked shots broke a championship game record.
2009-10 SEASON First-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection by the ACSMA...All-ACC Defensive Team choice by the same organization, for the second straight season...All-District III pick, according to the USBWA and second-team All-District selection by the NABC...Also named to Mid-Atlantic All-District team by Basketball Times...Midseason finalist for the Naismith Trophy and Wooden Award...Led the Tigers in scoring (15.2 points per game) and rebounding (8.4 rebounds per game) for the second straight season...It was the fourth straight season he led Clemson in rebounds...Finished second on the squad in assists with 81 from his power forward position, a product of improved passing ability and due to frequent opponent double and triple-teams...One of only three players in the ACC with at least 40 blocks and 40 steals on the season...Finished the season ranked in the top 10 of the ACC in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and blocked shots...Notched team-high nine double-doubles on the season...Led or tied for team lead in rebounds in 26 of Clemson's 32 games...Consistent in that he reached double figures in the scoring column in 29 of the 32 games...Led the team with six 20+ point games, including four in ACC regular season play...Scored 50 points in the final five minutes of games decided by 10 or less or in overtime, best on the team for the second straight season...Named ACC Co-Player-of-the-Week on Jan. 18 after averaging 20.5 points per game in wins over North Carolina and North Carolina State...At the team's award banquet, Booker led the way with three awards, including the Paul Bowie Most Valuable Player Award. It marked the second year in a row Booker was voted team MVP...Also won the award for most rebounds for the fourth straight year. He pulled down 268 on the season, giving him 1,060 for his career...Won the team's Road Warrior Award after averaging 14.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in true road games.
CAREER NOTES Booker ranks fifth in school history in scoring with 1,725 points, topping Horace Grant (1,696 points, 1983-87)...Ranks third in Clemson annals with 1,060 rebounds...Became just the eighth Atlantic Coast Conference player to rank in the top five at his school in career scoring and rebounding. The others to do it are Mike Gminski (2,323 points-fourth, 1,242 boards-second, 1977-80) and Christian Laettner (2,460 pts.-third, 1,149 reb.-third, 1989-92) of Duke, Tyler Hansbrough (first with 2,872 pts. and 1,219 reb., 2005-09) and Sam Perkins (2,145 pts.-third, 1,167 reb.-second, 1980-84) of North Carolina, Ralph Sampson (1980-83; 2228 pts.-fourth, 1,511 reb.-first) and Bryant Stith (1989-92; 2516 pts.-first, 859 reb.-fourth) of Virginia and Matt Harpring of Georgia Tech (1995-98; 2225 pts.-second, 997 reb.-third)...Tied David Potter as the Clemson players who were on the court for the most victories during a career (93)...His 249 blocked shots rank fourth-best in Clemson history and 12th in ACC annals (was just the second ACC player under 6:07 to accomplish that feat, joining Derrick Lewis, who played at Maryland from 1985-88 and finished his career with 339)...Registered 32 double-double performances at Clemson, fifth-best in school history.
HIGH SCHOOL Attended Union (Whitmire, S.C.) High School, playing basketball for head coach Joe Pitt...Named Gatorade Player-of-the-Year in the state of South Carolina as a senior, after he averaged 21.9 points, 16.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game in 2005-06...The AAA Player-of-the-Year and All-State selection was also chosen the Spartanburg Herald-Journal Player-of-the-Year and selected to play in the Carolinas All-Star Classic, where he pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds in that contest between high school stars from South Carolina vs. North Carolina...The two-time All-Region selection and MVP of the Tri-County Classic (Union, Spartanburg, & Cherokee counties), Booker scored over 1,000 career points with over 1,000 rebounds, as he also blocked 341 shots in his career...Rated one of the nation's top thirty power forwards by Rivals.com, he averaged 14.7 points and 12.9 rebounds per game as a junior...Still holds his school's single-game, season, and career records for rebounds and blocked shots...Also played AAU basketball with the South Carolina Celtics.
OTHER TOURNAMENTS/TEAMS SUMMER LEAGUE Won a bronze medal with Team USA at the World University Games in the summer of 2009, as he averaged 6.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game over seven contests, while leading the team in blocked shots (8).
PERSONAL Commercial Recreation, Sport and Camp Management major...Cousin, Jordan Hill, was a standout basketball player at the University of Arizona and was taken eighth overall in the 2009 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks (since traded to Houston)...Booker played the 2009-10 season alongside his brother, Devin, a freshman at Clemson. Together they were the first brother combination to play for Clemson since Horace and Harvey Grant played together for the 1984-85 season...Born 11/25/87...Resides in Whitmire, South Carolina.
SCOUTING REPORT Positives: Undersized for the post, but has outstanding strength (tops at the Chicago pre-draft camp with 22 reps in the bench press agility test) and intensity, along with very good leaping ability (36-inch vertical jump), along with a very impressive standing reach (8-10) and good wingspan (6-9 3/4")...Has a V-shaped torso with muscular arms and minimal body fat (7.3 percent)...Can intimidate and push bigger men away from the rim and is an exceptional rebounder who knows how to use his length and power to control the boards (finished third in school history with 1,060 rebounds)...Plays with a non-stop motor and seems to get stronger as the game progresses...Has worked hard to develop an array of moves to increase his offensive repertoire; he showed improved range executing his jump shot and taking the ball to the rim, drawing contact on the way...Lacks the ideal size you look for in a power forward, but is a high-energy type with explosive leaping ability going for the dunk or rebound...Has developed a strong low-post presence and has a nice shot near the basket, but has also developed the ability to connect from mid-range...Times leaps well, coming up with blocked shots and can also use those arms to disrupt his man off the dribble and steal the ball...Sets up screens well and is an efficient short-range passer...More likely a power forward at the next level, as he lacks the height and reach needed to play center, but shows good ease getting up and down the court...Does a nice job of fielding the pass and quickly dishing it out to the open outlet man...Uses his long reach to keep the ball high on his drives to the basket...More comfortable shooting from his strong-side (right)...Plays better with his back to the basket, but has good hip swerve turning to execute the post-up move...Gets good elevation crashing the boards and shows good hesitation moves and pump fakes pulling up and firing off a jumper...Gets most of his scoring on tip-ins or when hitting his jump hook near the basket and is also quite capable of using that shot when playing again a zone/pressure defense...Has good timing when he gets elevated to block shots, especially from the weak side...Likes to put the ball on the floor, but this is only effective when he does so in his face-up game...Has a fluid shooting motion with a high release point, firing the ball out quickly...Gives good second effort on the boards and will hustle to keep the ball in play...More alert to double teams playing the high post and has improved his vision locating the man to get the pass out to...Uses his lateral agility well when coming out of the paint to defend at the perimeter...Strong enough to move to center when the team plays a 3-2 zone...Does a good job of working his way through a crowd under the basket and will not hesitate to get physical in attempts to clear out enough room for him to create his shot...Very disruptive in attempts to impede the opponent's shot when working in the paint, especially from the weak side.
Negatives: Has had success battling big men in college, even with his obvious lack of height to play the post, but will have to acclimate to possibly competing as a small forward at the next level based on size issues (does have great speed, recently clocking 3.1 in the three-quarter-court sprint)...Has made good strides with his offensive game, but even though he had success with his jumper last season, he lacks range and good elevation, displaying a deliberate release when shooting from the perimeter...Relies more on his power than technique working in the post and won't be able to get away with that against savvy and bigger frontcourt defenders...His jump shot is inconsistent -- he has good success when he repeats a release, but tends to shoot from the waist too often, greatly reducing his accuracy...His deliberate release is obvious when he struggles to execute on pick-and-pop plays...Will also shoot from the waist at the charity stripe, resulting in just a 62.4 free throw percentage (actually regressed as a senior, shooting 59.1 percent from the foul line after making 70.7 percent of those chances as a junior).
--Report by Dave-Te' Thomas
Compares To: DeJUAN BLAIR, San Antonio -- Booker is in much better shape than Blair was coming out of Pittsburgh in 2009, but both were undersized post players in college and have height challenges against NBA athletes. Booker has the speed to play out on the wing at small forward, but he has yet to hone his offensive skills and lacks great range on his jumper. At power forward, he will give up several inches in one-on-one battles, but that raw power won't allow too many NBA big men to win any isolation confrontations.