In-state offer excites Booker

Trevor Booker, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound forward from Union (S.C.) High School, used April to play himself into a couple of scholarship offers. The shot-blocking big man shined with the South Carolina Celtics at several events and now he has a chance to play for a number of programs, including an opportunity to play close to home.
Booker had 21 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks against Team Breakdown out of Florida. Booker was paired against Breakdown's Dwayne Collins, the No. 74 ranked player in the class of 2006 at the Kingwood. Booker said one of the reasons why he played so well was because of the numerous college coaches there to see him in action.
"Seeing all of those coaches just motivated me and my teammates," Booker said. "We see them and we want to play harder and play better. After that last tournament, a lot of schools started to call about me."
Auburn, Clemson, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Tennessee and William & Mary are just some of the few programs that have inquired. That's not a big surprise to his AAU coach Steve McNeely.
"He's finally realizing what kind of player he can be at a higher level," McNeely said. "He's our leader and his play has really determined what level we play at. Trevor has really upped his game to a different level and that's why schools are contacting him much more now than ever before. He's playing every game like he has something to prove."
South Carolina offered him a scholarship after the Kingwood Classic and Booker was recently in Columbia for an evaluation clinic at USC. The forward raved about the free ride extended by Dave Odom.
"I got real excited about that. I've thought about them for a long time because I really want to stay close to home. It's a good opportunity there," Booker said. "They want me to come out there in two to three weeks for a visit. I'll more than likely do that. I'm very high on them right now."
Booker said the Gamecocks are the favorite right now and McNeely said he his star player is high on the possibility of playing close to home.
"I would say it's very strong," McNeely said. "I know William and Mary from an educational standpoint, they are great. From a basketball standpoint, coach Odom and provides a great opportunity for him, too. I think Trevor is the player that can play at either Clemson or South Carolina. I know he wants to stay in the state as much as possible."
Booker will join the Atlanta Celtics when they travel to Bloomington, Ind., for the adidas May Classic on May 15.