Devin Booker to announce decision Thursday

2013-10-30T09:55:00Z 2013-10-30T10:54:24Z Devin Booker to announce decision ThursdayBy Dave Matter dmatter@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8508 stltoday.com

COLUMBIA, Mo.Devin Booker, one of the nation’s top high school shooting guards and a Mizzou legacy, will announce his college choice at 3 p.m. Thursday at his high school in Moss Point, Miss., he announced Tuesday on Twitter. Booker, son of former Missouri All-America guard Melvin Booker, will choose between Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State and Missouri.

The 6-foot-6 guard was on Mizzou’s campus each of the last two weekends. He was in Columbia on Oct. 18-20 for his official recruiting visit, then back again Friday for the exhibition game at the Hearnes Center, where his father’s 1993-94 Big Eight championship team was honored before tip-off. Devin Booker filmed the festivities from his seat behind the Mizzou bench and sat alongside his father and former Tigers coach Norm Stewart during the game, a 73-48 victory over Oklahoma City University.

Booker, who averaged 29.7 points for Moss Point High School last season, is ranked the No. 18 player in the 2014 recruiting class by ESPN and No. 30 by Rivals.com.

Melvin Booker, the 1993-94 Big Eight player of the year, spoke highly of Frank Haith’s current Mizzou team during last week’s exhibition game.

“They’re similar to our (’93-94) team,” he said. “They don’t have a star player, but they have a great group of players. Right now they’ve got a lot of size, a lot bigger than they’ve been the last few years. You can tell there’s a lot of new faces and they’re trying to jell together. But I see a lot of great things in the future with that team.”

Missouri has two verbal commitments for the 2014 recruiting class: Jakeenan Gant, a 6-8 forward from Springfield, Ga., and Namon Wright, a 6-4 guard from Los Angeles.

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