Devin Booker grew up with his mother in Michigan but moved to Mississippi after his freshman season in high school to live and to learn from his father, Melvin Booker, who starred in basketball at Missouri, spent time in the NBA and flourished overseas.
“He asked me if I loved the game,” Booker said. “That’s where it started. I always told him I loved the game and he noticed my love and passion for the game. He decided that he wanted to train me, so then I made that move and I’m glad I made the move. … My dad, he instilled that hard work and that effort in me. It just brought the best out of me.”
Booker wasn’t a big-time prospect on the recruiting scene when he transferred to Moss Point High School, but under the tutelage of his father, Booker took his game to the next level and averaged 23.6 points per game as a sophomore.