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James Hale 9 months ago
OU is currently very much in the running for one of the best shooters in prep basketball in Frank Booker of Augusta, Georgia.
Booker has good visit
FRANK BOOKER, SG, 6’4, 185, AGUSTA (WESTSIDE), GEORGIA:
I was listening tonight to Hall of Fame basketball player Charles Barkley on TNT following the Oklahoma City Thunder's win over LA Lakers and he said the hardest thing to do in basketball was shoot the ball and that was why teams with just shooters on it were up and down, but in the end you couldn’t win without shooters on your team.
With that in mind, it is interesting that OU is currently very much in the running for one of the best shooters in prep basketball in Frank Booker of Augusta, Georgia. Booker hits 43-percent of his three-point shots and close to 50-percent of every shot that he takes. He averages 28.9 points per game, but insists that shooting the basketball is not all that he can do on a basketball court.
“I put in a lot of practice on my shot,” said Booker. “Practice makes perfect and I have put in a lot of practice since I was little. When I was 10 or 11 years old I was always rearranging my shot and changing it, and then when I got to high school I got in the weight room and got stronger so that I can shoot further and further out.
“My shot or my shooting ability has become almost a business to me I guess. If I am going to go further in basketball then things have to be changed here and there so that I can get better at what I am doing.
“I am intense on the court and exciting to watch. I am full of ‘3s’ I would say, and I like shooting ‘3s’. However, my game is good to watch because I just don’t shoot ‘3s’ as I get to the basket, play defense, rebound and I can do whatever needs to be done on the floor to win the game. If I need to get a steal then I get the steal, or the key rebound if that is what is needed then that is what I will do.”
Booker had a banner senior season averaging 28.9 PPG, 14 RBPG, three steals and five assist per game.
“Some people mark me as just a shooter, but I don’t think that is right,” said Booker. “I can actually handle the ball, and put it on the floor. I can actually run some point, and all I need to do is to get stronger and faster for the next level if I have to play point guard, but I will probably play a wing or shooting guard and as I get bigger and stronger I will be able to play that at a much higher level than I can play now.”
Booker recently visited OU during the weekend of the Iowa State game and had a great time hanging around with the Sooners.
“It was a great visit,” said Booker. “They did everything right, and they showed me how they did things in their academic program and what they did at practice. I got to experience their pre-game meal and shoot-around. Their weight training is real intense and I loved how Yo Yo (Jozsef Szendrei) did things. I just loved the coaching staff, and I loved the family atmosphere that I saw at Oklahoma. I saw that everybody was real close knit like a family, and I really love that. Their teammates were like brothers and it was nice to sit there and see how things were at Oklahoma.”
Now that Booker has been on the Sooner campus he is thinking hard about playing for the Sooners.
“I see they have a senior guard leaving (Steven Pledger) that can shoot the ball, so it seems like I would have a great chance to walk in and play,” said Booker. “I might be able to get some quality playing time and I like seeing that. The brotherly love around the team and the coaches is greater than just one person, because their team is all about the Oklahoma Sooners."
One thing that Brooker left Norman with was the thought that he could certainly play for the Sooner coaching staff.
“Coach (Lon) Kruger is a very laid back person,” said Booker. “He gets intense but he is not yelling at anybody or saying bad things about him. He just tells you what he wants done, and always seems to tell his guys to get back on defense. He is a wining coach and I went and looked up some of his stuff and he has taken four teams to the NCAA Tournament. It is amazing how Coach Kruger can come in and change a program like that.
“Coach Lew (Hill) is a nice guy and good coach. If Coach Kruger is not getting on you about certain things then Lew will tell you those things. If one coach is not telling you what to do the other coach is, and that is how I see it at Oklahoma.”
Oklahoma was the first visit for Booker, but he is putting together plans for the next couple of weekends.
“Right now I still have two or three visits to go on,” said Booker. “I am going to Tennessee this weekend and then the following weekend I might visit Auburn. I think I am going to Georgia, but I might make a decision after this weekend. I am going to make a decision pretty soon I know that and I may be after this weekend.
“You can say that OU is the leader right now, because I have seen everything that OU has accomplished. I just loved the town. It was nice and it wasn’t that different from my hometown of Augusta. The weather wasn’t that bad and it was nice.”
Booker says he is on pace to qualify.
This post has been edited 4 times, most recently by James Hale on 3/8/2013 at 8:49 PM
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