If his dad’s announcement into the microphone didn’t make it clear, Frank Booker and his teammates made it loud enough.
As his family and friends watched Thursday, Westside basketball star Booker showed the rest of the school he would be going to Oklahoma. Booker and his Patriots teammates celebrated by chanting and jumping around while wearing Oklahoma basketball shirts.
Booker listed Texas A&M, Georgia, Georgia State, Miami (Ohio) and Tennessee as his other finalists.
“It just felt like a great environment,” Booker said about his visit to Oklahoma. “When I got there, it was like I’ve been there the whole time, like I was one of them. I was a little nervous going there, but they brought me in as if I was one of them.”
This season, Booker averaged 28 points and eight rebounds per game as the Patriots won the Region 3-AA title and reached the second round of the Class AA state tournament.
“Westside is my family,” he said. “If I’m not home, I’m here. It’s just another family, like I’m one of their sons.”
The senior said he visited Oklahoma a few weeks ago. While there, he got to see the Sooners’ arena and speak with coach Lon Kruger.
The trip impressed him, but Booker said he didn’t choose the Sooners right away. Instead, he said he waited before deciding.
Booker said it’s possible he could play right away, but he added the minutes won’t simply fall into his lap.
Also, though he won’t be able to sign with Oklahoma until April 17 at the earliest – the start of the sport’s regular signing period – Booker is relieved to simply announce his decision and get ready to prepare for the next level.
“It’s going to be crazy,” he said. “I already know how the fans are. It’s going to be an experience I will never forget, I know that for a fact.”