Kevin Fixler
    Sport Matters

25 June 2015

Devin Booker aims to do what his father Melvin couldn’t – star in the NBA

On the eve of the 2015 NBA Draft, where franchises each year attempt to choose the next sure-fire stars and unearth diamonds in the rough, the selection of one particular lottery pick is actually a generation in the making.

That’s because University of Kentucky guard Devin Booker, like his father Melvin before him, is a basketball prodigy and a product of tiny Moss Point, Miss. But come Thursday night in Brooklyn, Devin will undoubtedly do something his dad, a standout at Mizzou in the early-1990s, was never able to accomplish – being drafted into the world’s premier professional basketball league. The younger Booker, the SEC Sixth Man of the Year and an All-SEC Freshman Team selection, is in the discussion as the class’s best shooter and may even go in the top-10 picks. No matter the differences, father and son will both anxiously await the commissioner reading the surname they share.

“I wasn’t as locked in as a prospect as Devin is, but it’s just been great to go through this with my son and all the hard work that he’s put in is paying off right now,” Melvin told the Guardian by phone this past Monday. “That might be the best Father’s Day gift I will ever receive, to hear my son’s name called.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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Update (6/26/15): Devin Booker was selected on Thursday night by the Phoenix Suns with the 13th overall pick.

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