Biography: One of the more physical players in college basketball, Booker boasts every attribute NBA teams look for in a power forward - strength, bulk, rebounding, an improving offensive game - except for one: height. The Clemson star would be an even more highly rated prospect if he was not a few inches shorter than the supposedly ideal height for someone at his position in the pros. However, while that may result in him being drafted lower than he would like, Booker is too intriguing a player to ignore. Some scouts have admiringly described his game as 'angry', and his aggressive style makes him a force in the paint. He's an excellent athlete who plays with a ferocious edge, but his game includes more refined aspects. He developed his low-post game during his senior season and has good touch and some range on his jump shot. He averaged 15.2 points and 8.4 rebounds as a senior, and had 1.9 blocks per game in his college career. Booker's long wingspan and leaping ability may help him minimize his supposed height disadvantage, especially on the defensive end, as he is already an accomplished shot blocker. He's been compared to NBA players DeJuan Blair, Paul Millsap and Carl Landry, fellow undersized power forwards who have succeeded in the pros. All of those players are reserves, however, and some scouts are doubtful that a player of Booker's height will be effective enough to earn a starting spot. The key to his success, and his draft position, could be a team's belief in his offensive potential. He should have a good chance to be picked in the first round.
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