Name: Devon Bookert
Weight: 180 lbs
Twitter Handle: @DevonBookert1
2012-13 Season Stats: 6.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.4 apg, .52% 3PM
Prognostication: Devon Bookert’s freshman season was a tale of two halves. Not identical halves (so technically, not halves at all), but the first 23 games of the season, and then the last 11. The Anchorage, Alaska native started the season coming off of the bench for Leonard Hamilton, but really took a while to find his stride as he suffered a knee injury prior to the start of the season, which not only limited his mobility, but his ability to practice with the team. Well, after averaging 5.1 points in 17.9 minutes of play, Bookert put up 9.4 points in 28.9 minutes a game, and showed a great ability to not only run an offense, but to be able to stroke it from long range. Bookert demonstrated great poise with little flash – which is clearly ideal for Hamilton – and really should take a big step forward in his Sophomore season.
Strengths: For a young point guard, it’s very encouraging that Bookert doesn’t try to do more than he’s capable of. When you consider his size (6-foot-3) and athleticism, it’s going to be really exciting to see him develop and not have to deal with injuries (knock on wood) prohibiting his growth the way they did last season. I’m still unsure of the role Bookert will play this season – as there really aren’t many better scorers than him on the roster – but Bookert’s shot selection was encouraging as a freshman, and his ability to get to the free throw line may be one of his more under appreciated skills. We only saw his best in stretches, but this kid seems like a gamer, and someone who won’t back down from a challenge.
Weaknesses: The negatives about Bookert are similar to any complaints you’d have with a freshman point guard; he turned the ball over a little too much and played a little too physical in stretches. I don’t mean to overlook his weaknesses, but Bookert really was learning on the fly, and taking on different roles game-by-game. With that said, Bookert could be deemed guilty of not looking for his own shot enough, as selflessness isn’t always a helpful attribute.
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