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Elite 2014 Basketball Recruit Devin Booker Trims List to 5; Who’s the Team to Beat?

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Elite 2014 Prospect Devin Booker Trims List to Five

Daniel Shirey-USA Today Sports

One of the top prospects within the class of 2014 has narrowed his list of schools down to five.

Devin Booker, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard out of Moss Point, Mississippi, tweeted out the news on Monday afternoon as he prepares for his final school year at the high school level. Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Michigan State and Florida all made the cut as one of the nation’s premier scorers nears a collegiate decision.

Booker originally hails from Grand Rapids, Michigan, so there’s no denying the potential that both the Wolverines and Spartans have in this race. Official trips to each school, except for Florida, are on the schedule this upcoming fall and while there are some dark horses in Booker’s recruitment, there’s no denying the fact that someone will scoop up a quality freshman guard when he announces his decision.

Of those in consideration, there might not be any bigger threat than the Wildcats and head coach John Calipari. Why? Well, just look at the past couple of seasons and the overhaul of top recruits that have committed to the program in Lexington?

But then again, there are others that may have something to say about that in the long run.

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No. 5- Missouri

Dak Dillon-USA Today Sports

The Tigers made the cut, but can Frank Haith really pull in an elite talent like Booker?

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No. 4- Florida

Matthew Emmons-USA Today Sports

You can never count Billy Donovan out of a recruiting race, but the Gators are not receiving an official visit from Booker this fall. That could hurt their pursuit.

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No. 3- Michigan State

Brian Spurlock-USA Today Sports

Booker is an original native of Michigan, so the Spartans are surely in the thick of this race. Tom Izzo landed one elite shooting guard in Gary Harris two seasons ago. Can he do it again here?

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No. 2- Kentucky

Beth Hall-USA Today Sports

John Calipari is in the mix for another highly-touted recruit. We know the drill -- you can't count the 'Cats out until a final decision is made.

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No. 1- Michigan

Bob Donnan-USA Today Sports

Don't be surprised if Booker, who originally hails from Grand Rapids, Michigan opts to return home. John Beilein has an improving squad that is fresh off a run to the National Championship game. Booker would be an ideal fit in maize and blue.