Askia Booker

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Askia Booker
Askia Booker.JPG
Booker with the Colorado Buffaloes in 2014
No. 31 – UCAM Murcia
PositionPoint guard
LeagueLiga ACB
Personal information
Born (1993-08-31) August 31, 1993 (age 25)
Inglewood, California
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight170 lb (77 kg)
Career information
High schoolPrice (Los Angeles, California)
CollegeColorado (2011–2015)
NBA draft2015 / Undrafted
Playing career2015–present
Career history
2015Arkadikos
2015–2017Bakersfield Jam / Northern Arizona Suns
2017–2018Delaware 87ers
2018Real Betis Energía Plus
2018–presentUCAM Murcia
Career highlights and awards

Askia Booker (born August 31, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for UCAM Murcia of the Spanish Liga ACB. He played college basketball for the Colorado Buffaloes as a point guard. In his senior year in 2014–15, he earned second-team all-conference honors in the Pac-12.

High school career[edit]

Booker attended Price High School. As a junior, he averaged 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead Price to the Division IV championship. He was ranked 30th in the nation at his position by ESPN.[1] Booker committed to the Colorado Buffaloes to play for Tad Boyle on October 29, 2010.[2]

College career[edit]

As a freshman, Booker helped lead Colorado to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2002–03 season. He averaged 9.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in 21.5 minutes per game.[1]

As a sophomore, Booker was one of two players to start all 33 games, along with Spencer Dinwiddie. He averaged 12.4 points, 2.2 assists, and 1.2 steals per game.[1]

As a junior, he hit a buzzer beater against KU. He was named a Pac-12 honorable mention.[3]

As a senior in 2014–15, Booker was voted second-team All-Pac-12.[4] Although Colorado accepted an invitation to play in the College Basketball Invitational, Booker decided to skip the postseason tournament.[5]

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2015 NBA draft, Booker joined the Philadelphia 76ers for the 2015 NBA Summer League. On August 13, 2015, he signed with Arkadikos for the 2015–16 Greek Basket League season.[6] However, he was released by Arkadikos in mid-October after appearing in just two games. On October 31, 2015, he was selected by the Maine Red Claws with the 10th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Development League Draft,[7] only to be traded to the Bakersfield Jam in a three-team draft night deal.[8] In 47 games for the Jam in 2015–16, he averaged 12.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.[9]

In July 2016, Booker joined the Phoenix Suns for the 2016 NBA Summer League.[10] On October 31, 2016, he was re-acquired by the now Northern Arizona Suns.[11] In the team's season opener on November 12, 2016, Booker scored 15 points in a 122–106 win over the Iowa Energy.[12]

On December 28, 2017, Booker was traded alongside a fourth round draft pick to the Delaware 87ers for Jerrelle Benimon.

On February 20, 2018, Booker signed a contract with Real Betis Energía Plus of the Spanish Liga ACB.[13]

On July 24, 2018, Booker signed a one-year deal with UCAM Murcia of the Liga ACB.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

Professional[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Europe[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015-16 Arkadikos B.C. 2 2 25.6 .143 .091 1.000 5.0 4.0 0.0 0.0 5.0
2017-18 Real Betis Energía Plus 14 10 24.2 .479 .255 .875 2.6 2.7 0.6 0.0 15.0
2018-19 UCAM Murcia 15 1 21.5 .373 .319 .711 1.5 2.7 0.6 0.0 8.7

NBA G League[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015-16 Bakersfield Jam 47 0 20.7 .462 .333 .756 3.1 3.5 0.7 0.0 12.8
2016-17 Northern Arizona Suns 42 40 31.7 .396 .347 .709 4.0 5.3 1.2 0.1 15.5
2017-18 Suns & 87ers 36 34 31.8 .409 .321 .810 4.0 6.0 1.6 0.1 15.6

College[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011–12 Colorado 35 1 21.5 .402 .372 .762 2.7 1.4 0.7 0.0 9.1
2012–13 Colorado 33 33 31.8 .395 .312 .704 3.5 2.2 1.2 0.0 12.4
2013–14 Colorado 35 35 30.5 .389 .272 .818 3.7 3.3 1.3 0.1 13.7
2014–15 Colorado 31 28 30.2 .387 .329 .834 3.3 3.2 1.4 0.1 17.2
Career 134 97 28.4 .384 .316 .792 3.3 2.5 1.2 0.0 13.0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "#0 Askia Booker". Colorado Buffaloes. Colorado University. Retrieved March 13, 2014.
  2. ^ "Askia Booker recruiting profile". Rivals.com. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  3. ^ Krause, David (March 10, 2014). "Josh Scott, Askia Booker honored by Pac-12". 9News.com. Retrieved March 13, 2014.
  4. ^ "2014-15 Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Honors" (Press release). Pac-12. March 9, 2015. Archived from the original on March 9, 2015.
  5. ^ "Colorado's Askia Booker skips CBI". ESPN.com. March 17, 2015. Archived from the original on March 17, 2015.
  6. ^ "ΣΤΟΝ ΑΡΚΑΔΙΚΟ Ο ASKIA BOOKER!". ArcadikosBC.gr (in Greek). August 13, 2015. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
  7. ^ "2015 NBA D-League Draft Board". NBA.com. October 31, 2015. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  8. ^ "Bakersfield Jam Acquire Six Players in 2015 NBA D-League Draft". OurSportsCentral.com. October 31, 2015. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  9. ^ "Askia Booker D-League Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  10. ^ "Suns Announce NBA Summer League 2016 Roster". NBA.com. July 1, 2016. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  11. ^ "Northern Arizona Suns Set Training Camp Roster". NBA.com. October 31, 2016. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  12. ^ "Suns cruise past Energy to open inaugural season". NBA.com. November 12, 2016. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  13. ^ "Real Betis Energia Plus signs Askia Booker". Sportando.basketball. February 21, 2018. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  14. ^ "ACB.COM - Askia Booker, talento y puntos para el UCAM Murcia CB". www.acb.com (in Spanish). 24 July 2018. Retrieved 24 July 2018.

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