NBA Star Returns to the Coast

Former Moss Point basketball star Devin Booker has had a wild ride over the past year and a half. That ride has taken him from Moss Point to Kentucky to now holding a multi-million dollar contract for the Phoenix Suns.
Today, Booker was back on the Coast and News 25 caught up with the star as he came back to where it all started.
Former Moss Point star Devin Booker had achieved a life-long dream, but he says that doesn’t mean he’s satisfied. “I always know I have to improve on something. You know, I still think I have to improve on my shooting. So, people say I’m one of the best shooters, but I still have to improve on that. So, like I said, it goes back to never settling and never being satisfied.”
The 18-year-old will now showcase his skills in the NBA.
After Booker left the Coast, he committed to play for the Kentucky Wildcats. While with the Wildcats, Booker averaged 10 points a game while UK rattled off 38 straight wins. A streak tying the most wins in NCAA history before ending in a loss at the Final Four. “You know, I’d put us up there with any team in the history of college basketball,” said Booker, “That’s just how talented we were. I’m proud of what we did, I wish we could’ve finished it out, but we did things that I think will never be done again.”
After that loss, Booker had a decision to make: stay another year or jump to the NBA. “First, you get information back from your coaches and you know he gives you the information. And then, you sit down with your family and at the end of the day, you have to do what’s best for you. And you know, education is important to me, but my whole life this has been my dream, to make the NBA, and I had the opportunity so, I went ahead and did it.”
The Moss Point star says he wants to use events like today’s to give back to a community that got him where he’s at today. “The community is important to me. I’m working hard and I just want to give back.”
Booker’s message to students today: never settle, work hard and follow your dreams; a state of mind that’s gotten him to basketball’s highest level.
Booker’s NBA contract has him making over $4.3 million over the next two years. Booker’s Suns will be on the Coast in November to take on the Pelicans in New Orleans.

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