Booker poses with dad, Melvin, as McDonald employees present Booker with a certificate
MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) -
Every year, McDonald's selects a handful of high school basketball players from across the country for a special honor. This year, one of those athletes is from right here on the Gulf Coast.
At 6' 3", it's hard to miss Devin Booker in a crowded room. The Moss Point High School senior has been selected for an elite national program that has seen its share of basketball legends, like Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, and Shaq.
It's called the McDonald's All American Basketball Games. Only 24 out of thousands of nominees are chosen to play.
"There's a lot going through my head right now, you know? Just all the hard work I've been through, first. And then everybody that's made this possible: all my family, all my friends," said Booker.
He said he draws inspiration from someone who has been teaching him the game since he was born. "I would have to say my father," said Booker.
His father, Melvin Booker, was a star player at Mizzou and had an NBA career with teams like the Houston Rockets, and the Denver Nuggets.
"I see a bright future for him. He's a great kid, hard worker. I couldn't ask for a better son," said Melvin.
He said it was easy to see his son's dedication to the game at an early age.
"Growing up, he was always around basketball and, you know, he instilled his own love and passion for the game," said Melvin.
Devin was so dedicated, that his dad said it was sometimes hard to get him out of the gym. But both seemed pretty competitive. So, it begged the question: One on one, who would win? Father or son?
"Depending on who you ask," dad said. "If you ask me, I'm going to win."
Of course, Devin had a different answer. "I got me. I'm going with myself," he said.
Regardless, friends and family believe it won't be long before Booker finds himself in the NBA.
Devin will be playing for the West team in the All American Games on April 2nd in Chicago. The game will tip-off at 8:30pm on ESPN.
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