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Florida State gets Alaskan native Booker

Posted on: August 19, 2011 2:49 pm
 
By Jeff Goodman

Devon Bookert had options. 

The Alaska native could have gone to Cal or San Diego State right now. Instead, the 6-foot-3 point guard has committed to Florida State in the Class of 2012. 

``I was comfortable with them as people and I just felt like it was the best fit,” Bookert told CBSSports.com. 

But first Bookert, who has spent the last few years at Anchorage West High, will go spend this year at Impact Basketball Academy in Las Vegas. 

``It’s a chance for me to get better and stronger,” Bookert said. ``I know I could play in college this year – I’ve played against some of the best players in the country, but most of the kids have already been in summer school and I’d already be starting out behind.” 

Bookert started to gain some traction as a player in the summer, but his national coming-out-party was when he put up 22 points and had 10 assists in Branch West’s huge upset over the Oakland Soldiers in late-July. 

Bookert is an old-school point guard has managed to slip under the radar, but Leonard Hamilton has done well with those type of kids – from Al Thornton to Bernard James to Okaro White. 

``I expect him to be a very good player," said former Anchorage West High's Chuck White, who also coached Trajan Langdon. ``He loves the game, refuses to get outworked and is very competitive. He's just a good all-around, well-rounded player. He's a lot like Trajan - he handles the ball better while Trajan was a better shooter." 
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