Born In Iceland, Booker Brings Experience To USC Hoops

Frank Booker was born in Iceland, played high school basketball in Augusta before attending two universities. Now, he will finish his collegiate career at USC.

On paper, Frank Booker's bio mentions he graduated from Westside High School in Augusta. But his journey to USC is more in depth than a simple trip up I-20.

A native of Iceland, Booker averaged 27.9 points and 4.7 assists per game during his senior season at Westside. He signed with Oklahoma where in his two years there, averaged 5.1 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. He was a part of the 2015 Sweet 16 team before transferring to Florida Atlantic where this past season, he averaged 5.7 points. 

But with his degree in hand, Booker was about to start seeing where he could play professionally.

"To be honest, I was done with basketball for a while," Booker said.

"I went home for a little while to Iceland, spent some time with my mom, just trying to get away from everything. When I got back, I was going to get a manager and do all the things to go pro."

But a week after he returned to the U.S., he received a phone call from Frank Martin who asked Booker if he would want to use his final year of eligibility in Columbia.

"I did my homework, myself," Booker said.

"I looked at the offense from last year, the players and the plays. I did everything on my own this time, to make sure it was the right fit for me. I went down there and loved everything i saw. A day later, I called him and was like 'Hey I want to come join you."

As a graduate transfer, Booker can play this year. So as he hooks up with a team which made the Final Four in March, Booker hopes to blend in and do his part.

"I don't want to put too much pressure on myself," said the 6-4 guard.

"I just want to go and have fun and learn as much as possible this one year from Coach Martin and all the coaching staff."

 

 

 

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