LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – In an award that has been all but retired to Lexington since John Calipari arrived, Devin Booker was named SEC Freshman of the Week for the second straight week and the third time overall this season. It's the seventh Freshman of the Week award for a UK player this season.
Booker averaged 10 points on 67 percent shooting in UK's one-sided wins over Missouri and Alabama.
“One, he isn't forcing shots,” said assistant coach John Robic. “He is a terrific shooter and he is playing within himself. The players that are on the court with him know that when he gets it going, to try and feed him. I can't think of the last bad shot that he has taken, and that is credit to the other guys on the floor of creating a shot for him. If he is in that zone, he is as good as anyone in the country.”
And he has been that since the SEC season started.
The 6'6” shooting guard who calls both Grand Rapids, Michigan and Moss Point, Mississippi home is shooting 55.6 percent from the field, 64.7 percent from the three-point line and 90.9 percent from the free-throw line in four league games.
Booker has been bringing it on the defensive end as well.
“Did you see him in the Bahamas? He surprised us defensively,” said Robic.“We all knew that he could come in and shoot the ball. He's bigger than people think, can put the ball on the floor better than people think, and now he's defending at a level that's making our team better. That comes from in that gym every day of practice when you have 12 guys that can be put on the floor and you have to compete or you're going to get embarrassed. It's making him better and it's making the guys that he defends better. They have their work cut out for when they have to guard him as well. It has made our team better. We know that when Tyler (Ulis) and Devin go in the game, they pick it up defensively and when they don't, then they don't play. We're going to hang our hat defensively and these kids know that because they sure want to be on the court and they have to do it on that end of the floor for us.”
The Wildcats are tops in the nation, allowing just 50 points-a-game.Next up is a meeting with Vanderbilt Tuesday at 9:00 pm at Rupp Arena.That will be followed by road games at South Carolina on January 24th and at Missouri on January 29th.