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Devin Booker blogs about his latest honor, AAU and his Final Four pick

Devin Booker is arguably the most feared marksman in the country, regardless of class. After a stellar season at Moss Point (Moss Point, Miss.), where he posted 30 points a game, Booker, a junior, has college basketball giants like Duke, Michigan State, Michigan, North Carolina and Missouri, among others, all hot on his trail. He’s agreed to give USA TODAY HSS exclusive access into his world by chronicling everything from intimate details about his recruitment to his everyday life in a monthly blog.

I’m back with my next blog and since the last one I won the Gatorade Player of the Year for Mississippi. I was so honored to win it. It’s the biggest award that I’ve won so far, and it was a really big deal for me.

My family had a surprise dinner for me to celebrate winning it. I had no idea about it. My dad just told me that we were going out to eat, then I showed up and my whole family was there. That meant a lot to me!

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There were so many great players in the state and to come away with it really showed me how much hard work can pay off.

OK, I’m really excited because we’ve already started AAU.

We played in a tournament last weekend and did really well; only thing was we had to play four games in one day. I did great the first three but I struggled in the last one. I averaged right around 20 points for the day. It was good, but I think we can do even better.

I think my team (Alabama Challenge) will do big things this season.

People look at Alabama as a football state, but we’ve got big time talent in basketball. I’m gonna go ahead and guarantee that we’ll make Peach Jam. That’s right! I’m calling it now.

Recruiting has been pretty good too.

The latest school to reach out is Kentucky.

First, Coach O (Orlando Antigua) hit me up on Twitter and then Coach (Kenny) Payne gave me a call. He told me they were interested and they wanted to get down and see me. He said that they heard that I was an elite scorer in the 2014 class and that was just what they needed.

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It was cool because Kentucky is obviously a powerhouse. I love that Coach (John) Calipari pushes his players really hard. That’s what I want in a coach. I’m definitely interested in them.

Coach K is supposed to be coming down here Friday for my open gym so I’m looking forward to that. I never get used to stuff like that. I’m really blessed to be in this position.

Other than that, all of the schools are still coming pretty hard. Of course Missouri is coming hard and Michigan, Florida, North Carolina and Stanford, they’re all coming hard too.

I’ve got great relationships with the coaches and I’m just building them more and more.

I don’t really have any set plans to cut my list down or anything. I’m pretty sure I’m gonna wait until after the summer to do anything like that. I don’t think I’ll be taking any visits for a while since I just got done with my college world tour, haha.

OK, you guys know that I’ve got to brag a little bit since I was the only player in the USA Today HSS poll to pick the national champion correctly. I knew Louisville would get it done for me. I got two of my four Final Four picks right so I’m happy with that.

I watched the McDonald’s All American game last week and it was pretty exciting. Of course I have dreams of getting there one day and it was even cooler this year than it’s ever been because I’ve played against the kids in the game a lot.

So I’m hoping to be in position to have the opportunity to play in it next year. I’m definitely gonna put in the work.

Other than that, school is going great.

You guys remember I told you in my last blog that I had to do a research paper on drug legalization to prepare for my debate? Well, I won the debate. I was against it. I did it in front of students and teachers in the auditorium and I got the W. I was pretty confident coming in.

OK you guys I’ve gotta get outta here and catch some sleep, but I appreciate you checking my blog out and I want you to come back soon for my next one.

I’ll let you know how the first session of the Nike EYBL went and what coaches were there watching.


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