On March 24, , Booker became the youngest player to score over 60 points in a game, finishing with 70 against the Boston Celtics. After playing for the freshman, junior varsity and varsity basketball teams during his freshman year at Grandville High School in Michigan, Booker moved to Mississippi to live with his father after the latter's retirement from professional basketball.
Booker was limited to just 14 points, with no field goals made in the second half, in a 57—55 win over Gautier High School in the opening round of the Division A tournament. With most of Moss Point's experienced players graduating, Booker switched to point guard for his junior year. Booker uses his quickness and long wingspan to deny pass after pass. And when he gets his hands on a steal, he knows exactly what to do with it. Booker scored a game-high 32 points in a 58—56 loss to Gulfport High School, the top-ranked team in Mississippi, in Moss Point's final game before divisional play, dropping the team's record to 6— The following week, Moss Point faced a rematch with Gautier in the first round of the Division A tournament with a spot in the state tournament on the line.
Near the beginning of October, his high school coach said Booker would announce his college choice on October 31 after taking official visits to Michigan and Missouri; he also stated that Booker was no longer considering Florida.
Booker's point performance in a January 31 win against Pass Christian High School made him Moss Point's all-time career scoring leader with 2, points, surpassing the mark of 2, set by David Booker no relation. In Kentucky's first exhibition game against the University of Pikeville on November 2, , Booker was the team's second leading scorer with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including two three-pointers; he also had three assists.
After a standout point, 6-rebound, 7-assist game against Boston University , Booker posted a then-season-high 18 points in a November 23 win against Montana State. In 38 games for Kentucky in —15, Booker averaged On April 9, , Booker declared for the NBA draft , forgoing his final three years of college eligibility. He went on to make his NBA debut two days before his 19th birthday, in the Suns' season opener against the Dallas Mavericks. He became the first player in NBA history to debut at 18 years old after playing at least one year of college basketball.
In 21 minutes of action against the Mavericks, he scored 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting in a —95 loss. Before his teammate's injury, Booker was producing averages of 5. On January 2, , Booker scored a then season-high 21 points in a — loss to the Sacramento Kings. Booker became the third-youngest player in NBA history at 19 years, 81 days old to record a point game, behind LeBron James and Kevin Durant, as well as the youngest Suns player to score 30 or more points in a game.
Redick in a tiebreaker event after the first round, where he finished third behind the " Splash Brothers " — Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson winner. He appeared in 76 of the team's 82 games in —16, a season that saw the Suns finish with the second-worst record in the West 23—59 and the second-worst record in franchise history.
On January 12, , he scored 28 fourth-quarter points, in another point night, to set the Suns franchise record for most points in a quarter previously held by Stephon Marbury 's 26 points in His game streak is the second-longest by any first-year or second-year player since Vince Carter had a game run as a second-year player during the — season. It was the 11th point game in NBA history.
Booker finished of shooting overall, including 4-of on 3-pointers, and of from the free throw line. He added eight rebounds and six assists in 45 minutes. Booker, 20, became the youngest player to score 70 and 60 points in a game. In Suns history, only Charlie Scott 8 in —75 has had more point performances in the same span. On December 6, he was ruled out for up to three weeks after sustaining a left adductor strain the previous night against the Toronto Raptors. On March 2, in a — loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder , Booker scored 39 points and at 21 years, days old, he became the third-youngest player in NBA history to reach 4, career points, again behind LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
On September 10, he was ruled out for six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair the fifth metacarpophalangeal joint in his right hand after he jammed it in practice on March 14, On February 25, he scored 20 points to help the Suns break a franchise-record game losing streak with a — win over the Miami Heat. He also became the third player in NBA history to score 50 in a game in which no teammate reached double figures.
He also became first player in franchise history to reach 50 in back-to-back games. On April 3, in a —97 loss to the Jazz, Booker sprained his left ankle, ruling him out for the last three games of the season. On November 23, , Booker almost put up a triple-double with 35 points, a career-high 12 rebounds, and 9 assists in a —98 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
He also replaced Lillard in the Three Point Contest, an event he had previously won, and finished as the runner-up behind Buddy Hield. In the NBA Bubble , Booker helped the Suns reached an 8—0 record as of August 11, , holding an 8-game winning streak for the first time since the —10 season.
On August 4, Booker hit a fade-away game-winning jumper at the buzzer over Paul George and Kawhi Leonard to lift the Suns to a — win over the Los Angeles Clippers and bring their record to 3—0.
Olympic team. In February , he was named a finalist to play on the United States men's Olympic basketball team. Booker's maternal grandfather is from Mexico. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. American basketball player.
This article is about the NBA basketball player. For the basketball player in Europe, see Devin Booker basketball, born We loved his character and work ethic, his size and his shooting ability stood out. I think sometimes when you're on a team with a lot of talent like Devin was at Kentucky, all that talent can do one of two things: it can mask some of your deficiencies if you do lack in some areas.
I think in Devin's case, it was the opposite of that. But I'll be honest, we had no idea he'd be able to do this much, this quickly. Devin has done unbelievably well not just on the court but representing the franchise in the community as well. He was a bright spot for us in a difficult year. Sports portal. Retrieved March 25, Retrieved March 28, The Athletic. Retrieved May 28, Booker was raised by Gutierrez, a cosmetologist, in the predominantly white suburb of Grandville but spent his summers in a poorer, mostly African-American, inner-city setting in Moss Point, Miss.
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