Booker led Colorado in scoring each of their three games, helping the team win the Charleston Classic, Colorado’s first in-season tournament championship since 2002-2003. Booker was named the tournament MVP after he averaged 19.3 points, 3 assists, 2.7 steals and 2.3 rebounds per game.
His play was instrumental in Colorado’s three victories over Dayton, No. 16 Baylor and Murray State. He set two new career highs in points in the semifinal win over Baylor and then in the championship game over Murray State with 19 and 23 points respectively. Booker shot over 50 percent from the field as he connected on 24-of-47 shots and hit seven three-pointers.
At the start of the season it was unclear who the team’s leading scorer would be but it seems that Booker has embraced that role after putting in the time this offseason.
“I’m a better jump-shooter. I put a lot of hours into the gym this summer, but overall it’s just confidence” Booker said after the championship game. “It’s a big thing in anyone’s game, not saying that I’m cocky but I believe it’s going to go in when I shoot it.”
He really has taken his game to the next level as he leads the team in scoring but he also seems to be the team leader and the other players feed off his confidence. Last season, in his role as the sixth man, every time he would enter the game the rest of the team would feed off of his energy.
Now as a starter that energy is there right from tip-off and it’s paying off for the Buffs so far in 2012.