Whereas the Texas ladies’s basketball signee has not but made her option to the Forty Acres, Madison Booker has proved herself as a drive to be reckoned with in opposition to different incoming freshmen. The No. 12-ranked recruit, in response to ESPN, joined the lengthy listing of Longhorns to play within the McDonald’s All-American recreation and has already acquired varied awards.
Booker, a 6-foot-1-inch ahead from Ridgeland, Mississippi, has racked up a formidable listing of honors all through her highschool profession. In her senior season, the five-star recruit was named the Mississippi Gatorade Participant of the 12 months and McDonald’s All-American. She was chosen to play within the Nike Hoops Summit and obtained the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star recreation MVP.
In accordance with Booker, the McDonald’s All-American recreation, one of the vital prestigious honors for highschool basketball gamers, was a dream come true.
“To play in (the McDonald’s All-American Sport) was a blessing,” Booker stated. “To calculate my profession and to play video games with different individuals who have labored so exhausting to get to the identical place I’m attempting to get to, it simply felt like I belonged.”
Booker’s play confirmed that she belongs with the most effective of the most effective, serving to the West crew to a 110-102 victory over the East. Within the inaugural Nike Hoops Summit, she dropped eight factors, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out 5 assists and snatched three steals for Group USA.
As the highest recruit from Mississippi, Booker appropriately received MVP of the Mississippi vs. Alabama Excessive Faculty All-Stars recreation and has received two gold medals with Group USA. Out of all of those achievements, Booker stated those she is going to carry together with her are the relationships she shaped.
“I’ve met my individuals,” Booker stated. “It felt wonderful realizing that the opposite individuals additionally know what it took to get there, and I’m going to maintain these relationships with me after I get to varsity.”
From early on within the recruiting course of, Booker knew she wished to play for Texas head coach Vic Schaefer. When he was at Mississippi State, Schaefer noticed Booker’s potential and began recruiting her from a younger age.
“Coach Schaefer began recruiting me after I was in eighth grade,” Booker stated. “That lifelong bond carried over when he received to Texas and I knew that this might be the place for me.”
When Booker arrives in Austin within the fall, she is going to be a part of an already-established Texas roster. Whereas her position on the crew is unclear for now, with 4 starters returning and several other different gamers getting back from accidents, she is happy to search out her place.
“I’m hoping to be taught some new issues about my recreation and increase on them,” Booker stated. “Subsequent season is the time for me to return in and see what I have to do for this system.”
Booker stated she is wanting ahead to with the ability to name Austin house and observe her goals at UT this upcoming 2023-24 season.