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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Three-star Ga. guard commits to Sooners

By Bob Przybylo

The Oklahoma basketball coaching staff knew what it needed to pursue this winter. The Sooners need more offensive firepower, need more scoring going forward.

OU coach Lon Kruger is hopeful he has found a solution to his problem. Three-star senior shooting guard Frank Booker (Augusta, Ga./Westside) announced his commitment to the Sooners on Thursday afternoon.

Booker, who is 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds, is ranked as the No. 13 prospect in Georgia. He took an official visit to OU three weeks ago.

Frank Booker
Three-star guard Frank Booker chose the Sooners over Texas A&M, Tennessee and others.
The feeling after that visit was it was a matter of when he would commit to OU and not if he would commit. His visit couldn’t have gone any better than it did.

But OU was his first official visit, and he still wanted to see more campuses, or so he thought. He also had offers from Texas A&M and Tennessee, among others. After the OU visit, though, his mind was essentially made up.

“On the plane ride back, he was basically saying he was ready to commit to OU right then,” said his father, Frank Booker Sr. “I felt it, too. We talked to other schools, but we just didn’t feel it like we did when we were at OU.”

What stood out to Booker on his visit was the family atmosphere Kruger has brought to the program. Though he only met the team that weekend, he said he already felt part of the squad, like one of their brothers.

All his questions were answered during the visit, but he said he didn’t want to make an impulsive decision. He wanted to talk things over with his father and make his decision.

That decision was Thursday. Booker is a big addition to OU’s class, especially with shooting guard Steven Pledger graduating after this season.

Booker averaged 28 points and 14 rebounds per game in leading Augusta Westside to the state championship.

He had offers from some smaller schools heading into the season but held out with the hope that some bigger schools would get into the mix.

“We knew there would be at least one school that would be a perfect fit for him,” Booker Sr. said. “You don’t need a lot. You just need one. We have that in OU and Coach Kruger.”

The gamble paid off, and Booker said he was surprised and happy at the OU offer because he knows how great a coach Kruger is and how good of a player he believes Kruger can make him going forward.

Booker joins three-star point guard Jordan Woodard (Edmond, Okla./Memorial) and junior college power forward Keshaun Hamilton (Parsons, Kan./Labette CC) for OU’s 2013 class.

Woodard and Hamilton are signed with the Sooners. The first day of the spring signing period for basketball is April 17.