Thursday, March 21, 2013
SG Booker could fill scoring need at OU
By Reggie Rankin
Three-star shooting guard Frank Booker Jr. (Augusta, Ga./Westside) is now off the board after committing to Oklahoma over offers from Texas A&M, Tennessee and a late push by in-state Georgia.
"I selected Oklahoma because the players made me feel very comfortable and welcome,” said Booker. “They are very family oriented, and I like that. Coach Kruger is a very successful coach, and he will help me get better."
Booker is a very aggressive guard with good size at 6-foot-4, 185 pounds and should be an impact player with the Sooners.
Booker plays with swagger on offense and is in full attack mode on every catch. He will take the ball off the glass and push it in transition, where he is a threat to get to the rim or stop-and-pop in the midrange area. Booker doesn’t hesitate to pull the trigger from 3-point range and has a knack for getting hot and breaking a game wide open.
Booker is skilled enough to slide over to the point in a pinch, but he is clearly better suited to play as a scoring guard. With his size, he’s capable of defending both guard positions in certain lineups.
Booker’s addition helps fill a need as the Sooners will graduate current scoring guard Steven Pledger. In Booker, Kruger now has a guard who will play with good energy and effort in addition to competing on both ends of the floor. The Sooners will have a capable scorer on the break, coming off ball screens and with enough range to stretch the defense. Booker is a tough-minded confident player who could blossom sooner than later.
Booker joins PG Jordan Woodward (Edmond, Okla./Edmond Memorial), PF Dominique Elliott (Savannah, Ga./Trinity Valley CC) and PF Keshaun Hamilton (Parsons, Kan./Labette CC) in Oklahoma’s incoming class, forming a quartet that will provide Kruger with talent and scoring punch.