Bookert headlines All-Star game (Basketball)
With his high school basketball career behind him, West’s Devon Bookert is focused on college.
Before he takes his game to the next level, though, he will show off for one last time at Saturday night’s Alaska Association of Basketball Coaches Senior All-Star Game at Colony.
“I think it’s about playing with the other best players in the state and having a good time with them,” he told me. “It’s about showing the things you’re best at and bring out the talents in the other players.”
The 6-foot-2 guard is the 2011 Class 4A Boys Player of the Year and a do-it-all scorer who averaged 29.7 points in three games at the state tournament. At his best off the bounce, getting to the basket is his bread and butter.
Bookert is among 24 seniors on the roster, which features players from all four divisions from all over the state stretching from Ketchikan to Barrow.
But he stands out as the reigning large-school player of the year, a badge of honor that comes with a certain amount of pressure. No sweat, he said.
“Every time I go on the court I want to play the best I can,” he said. “Most of all I just want to have fun because this will be my last game in high school.”
Bookert is one of four boys voted player of the year in the Senior All-Star Game, joining Christian Leckband of 3A Nome, Adam Sage of 2A Point Hope and Oscar Takak Jr. of 1A Elim.
Here is the roster:
Devon Bookert, West
Kody Broderick, North Pole
Colby Mitchell, Chugiak
Dominique Garrett-Queen, West
Damon Sherman-Newsome, Bartlett
Jalil Abdul-Bisett, East
JJ Nixon, Dimond
Christian Odom, Palmer
Chas Allen, Ketchikan
Christian Leckband, Nome
Wayne Holmberg, Galena
Christian Brockert, Cordova
Dane Meyer, Cordova
Andrew Buchanan, Seward
Keenan Prochazka, Seward
Brodie Smith, Bethel
Tim Sullivan, Nome
Tyler Adams, Barrow
Shayne Gilbertson, Monroe Catholic
Chris Voss, Anchorage Christian
Adam Sage, Point Hope
Zack Lane, Point Hope
Brett Kirk, Noatak
Oscar Takak Jr., Elim