Prep school helped prepare Bookert [Basketball]

July 10, 2012
Devon Bookert

He feels like he was born ready, but a season at prep school will only help Anchorage’s Devon Bookert on the basketball court at Florida State University.

The 6-foot-3 freshman guard is the first player from Alaska to play for the Seminoles of the renowned Atlantic Coast Conference.

Before arriving at FSU, however, Bookert spent a season fine-tuning his skills at the prestigious Impact Basketball Academy in Las Vegas.

He was good before – now he’s better.

“I know I could play in college … [but] playing at the Impact Basketball Academy is a chance for me to get better and stronger,” he said.

Bookert, of West High fame, averaged 25 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds as a senior and was voted the Alaska player of the year in 2011. That summer, he saw his stock rise with impressive showings at summer showcase events.

The Alaska guard is an excellent shooter and an even better passer.

He will join a Florida State squad that went 25-10 last season and lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Head Coach Leonard Hamilton – who used to coach in the NBA – is the reigning ACC Coach of the Year.