According to a few sources the Bobcat basketball coaching staff is recruiting Askia Booker from price high school in Los Angeles California. Askia played with 2010 Bobcat recruit Casey Trujeque, as well as University of California recruits Allen Crabbe (California high school player of the year and Richard Solomon. Booker is a 6-0ish combo guard who is just coming into his own.
Price won the California class 5 State title this year with it three senior D-1 recruits leading the way. Next year though, Price looks to be deep in hunt for another state championship, that will feature at least three D-1 prospects (2 seniors & 1 junior), including Booker as well as a very strong supporting class. As much is the case with these upper echelon California basketball teams the talent just keeps flowing in.
Last season for price Booker was Price high school 4th double digit scorer at around 11 points, a game. He also chipped in a surprising 7 rebounds and 3 assists. He played primarily shooting guard last season but did play some at the point when Trujeque was out of the game. For 2010-11 his head coach said in a Rivals.com interview that he will be moved to the point guard spot full time. One of his best games of the year came in the California championship game when he scored 14 points, most of which came when Prices star player were out with foul trouble.
Much like Stephon Maxwell who I recently did a profile of, Booker is a player, although more well known than Maxwell is just now getting the opportunity to show his stuff to recruiters on the AAU trail. Here are a couple very short blurbs from Fullcourtpress.com evaluators on his play the last month on the AAU trial.
Askia Booker 6’1” 2011 Price (Los Angeles CA)
Crafty floor general is evolving into a big-time scorer.
Askia Booker 6’1’ 2011 Price (Los Angeles CA)
One of the most underrated guards in Southern California, Booker put up big numbers here.
Here is a shots comment from Rivals.com
(Askia Booker was) one of the best players at the recent Fullcourt Press Easter Classic in Las Vegas
Booker has shown this spring that he is an explosive scorer, who shows a great deal of athleticism as well as having a very physically mature body. The thing recruiters will be looking at this spring and summer is his size and point guard skills. He is a under sized for the a typical mid to high major prospect at the shooting guard spot, and has yet to prove he is a true point guard at that level either. Booker will play D-1 basketball but this summer will determine a lot.
The Bobcats have been recruiting Booker I believe for quite some time and according to Rivals.com are the only school so far to put forward an official offer. The other schools though who are showing the most interest currently are Baylor, Portland, San Diego, and Virginia. That list will most likely grow through the spring and summer. Booker has also stated to Rivals.com that Baylor is his current favorite.