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Friday Quickies: Devin Booker Edition

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The former Kentucky Wildcat is making a difference on and off the court in Phoenix, AZ.

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During his lone year at the University of Kentucky, Devin Booker was a rather quiet personality. While his volume, consistent shooting from long range was essential in the team’s quest to go 38-0, not many outside of the Big Blue Nation knew much about him.

After being selected in the early first round, though, Booker suddenly popped up on the map. The Phoenix Suns took a chance on a freshman who didn’t even start at Kentucky. But did they get their investment’s worth, and then some.

Despite averaging 22, 24 and 26 points per game over the last three seasons, Booker has been snubbed from ever being named to an All-Star roster. Just like his days at Kentucky, people continue to sleep on Booker. But that doesn’t hold Booker back, on or off the court.

The Suns shooting guard was just awarded the NBA’s Community Assist Award for the month of November. Booker’s community work is significantly revolved around the “Devin Booker Starting Five,” which consists of Special Olympics Arizona, Ability 360, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, UMOM New Day Centers and Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center. All five organizations will receive a collective total of $500,000 from booker on an annual basis for five consecutive years.

Booker’s commitment not just to his Suns but his community of five years and counting continues to be exceptional. He’s a prime example of what a respectable Wildcat looks like.

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