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5 Star SG Devin Booker Commits to Kentucky and Recruiting Notes

Usually when we play “Yahtzee!” here at Varsity Preps, it is due to the fact that UK has picked up a top recruit in football. Today, attention has been slightly shifted to the hardwood, as Devin Booker, a 6 ft 5 Shooting Guard out of Moss Point High School in Mississippi has committed to the Kentucky Wildcats. Booker, who is listed as the 18th best player in the country and a 5 Star prospect according to ESPN, committed to the Wildcats over Michigan, Missouri, and Michigan State, among others. Booker is known as one of the nation’s top shooters, and will fit in perfectly at UK. Booker’s High School coach states that Devin has an incredible basketball IQ, which separates his game from the rest of the country.

Booker officially visited Kentucky for their annual Alumni Game, and he came away beyond impressed. Before then, he loved the Cats, and ever since, the love has been the same. Booker has visited Michigan countless times in the past, along with visiting Mizzou the past two weekends. Fans got squeamish leading up to his announcement, as rumors spread that Booker would be following his father’s footsteps (Melvin Booker) by attending Mizzou. Those rumors slowly died down in the final day or two in the recruiting process, and ultimately Booker announced his intentions to become a Wildcat.

Booker says that the decision was extremely difficult for him, stating that he has prayed countless times on where he should play college basketball. Devin says that he had to follow his heart and where he felt he would develop to get to the next level, and that destination was Kentucky. This is why he chose the Cats, according to Patrick Magee of the Sun Herald:

“The history of Kentucky, coach John Calipari,” Booker said. “I’m a show-me type, and Coach Calipari showed me a lot of things he does with big guards.”

Devin will come in ready to play as a Freshman and contribute to yet another successful Wildcat season.

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What comes next for the Wildcats? That answer may actually come around 9 PM ET tonight, as 5 Star SG James Blackmon Jr. is set to announce his decision on ESPNU. Kentucky has been the favorite to land Blackmon Jr. since the day they offered him a scholarship, but that may be up in the air at this point. Leading up to his announcement today, recruiting experts have been switching their prediction to Indiana University at a crazy pace, causing question from basketball fans across America. There were rumors that Tom Crean, IU’s Head Basketball Coach visited Blackmon this morning before Media Day, possibly flipping him to the Hoosiers. Since then, Blackmon has denied that rumor, saying no one has visited him thus far today. Despite the rumor being denied, one has to wonder why so much attention has turned on IU to land the 5 Star prospect from Indiana. Usually on big announcement days, there is major speculation on possible flips, shocking commitments, etc. by Kentucky recruits. Tyler Ulis to Iowa, Karl Towns to Florida, Harrison Twins to Maryland, Randle to Kansas, Noel to Georgetown, etc. These were all rumors spreading up until each of these recruits opted for Kentucky. All of these players ended up suiting up in Blue and White.

The fact that Blackmon is announcing on national television really leads me to believe he won’t recommit to the school he decommited from months ago. Once a player decommits from a school, they RARELY recommit. I have only seen this occur in two occasions, one being former NC State Forward CJ Leslie, and the other being former Texas PG Myck Kabongo. Other than that, all decommitments have signed with other schools in recent memory, as far as I’m concerned. This is why I doubt that streak ends tonight. UK has had too much momentum leading up to today for Blackmon to head elsewhere. Blackmon to UK has been a lock since the start. Cal has been working on this one since the day he decommitted from the Hoosiers, and I doubt he’s giving up now. I believe Blackmon will be a Kentucky Wildcat tonight.

Devin Booker is now on board to join the Kentucky Wildcats in 2014. See if James Blackmon Jr. joins Booker and the Big Blue Nation later tonight here at Varsity Preps!

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