From FSU to Czech Republic, Bookert back on court after break

January 1, 2018

Devon Bookert basketball

Devon Bookert

After spending the last year out of the game, Devon Bookert of Anchorage is back on the basketball court.

The former Florida State standout is playing professionally for USK Praha of the NBL in the Czech Republic.

The 6-foot-3 guard comes off the bench to average 8.0 points in his first seven games with a season high of 21.

His minutes have fluctuated from one night to the next, but the former Alaska prep player of the year has managed to find his rhythm from 3-point range with a 40-percent shooting.

Bookert, of West High fame, almost played in the NBA G League this season after he was drafted in the third round by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, an affiliate of the Houston Rockets.

He was FSU’s captain in 2015-16 during his senior season. He finished his career with 1,120 points – No. 9 on Alaska’s all-time men’s list among NCAA D1 scorers.

He finished his career sixth in career 3s [131] and fifth in career percentage [.419] with the Seminoles.

“He is steady, makes shots, smart, takes care of the ball and he’s just one of those guys that you win with,” Clemson coach Brad Brownell said in 2016.

“He is just a winner. He makes big plays and big shots, he plays with poise and he’s a good player.”

Bookert was special in college.

Who could forget his Chalmers-like top-of-the-key, game-tying 3-pointer in the NIT semifinals against Minnesota that forced overtime at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Or his game-winning, buzzer-beating shot with 0.5 seconds left to give Florida State a 62-60 victory over Northeastern in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off

He hasn’t logged a ton of playing time in the Czech Republic, but that should change as he gets back into the swing of things after being away from the game for a year.