Just having a good time


Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times NBA star and former Union County and Clemson standout Trevor Booker, center, poses with City of Union Mayor Harold Thompson, left, and Union County Supervisor Frank Hart, right, beside the wall in the UCHS gymnasium displaying Booker’s retired No. 35 Yellow Jackets jersey.

Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times Over 70 students participated in the annual basketball camp hosted by Trevor Booker.

Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times Students practice shooting at Trevor Booker’s basketball camp over the weekend.

Derik Vanderford|The Union Daily Times Over 70 students participated in the annual basketball camp hosted by Trevor Booker.

UNION COUNTY — Local students received help on the basketball court from an NBA star as part of an annual basketball camp at Union County High School.

Trevor Booker — Utah Jazz power forward and former standout for Clemson and Union County High School — hosted his annual basketball camp Friday and Saturday at Union County High School. The camp has traditionally been a one-day camp, but this year, it was extended to two days. Event organizers said more than 70 students attended the camp on Friday and Saturday.

“It always means a lot to come back and show up for the kids, getting out here and teaching them some basketball pointers,” Booker said. “But the main thing is just having a good time with them.”

Booker played under head coach Joe Pitt at Union High School, and during his senior year (2005-2006), he was named Gatorade Player of the Year for South Carolina. He averaged 21.9 points, 16.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. He was also named AAA State Player of the Year and was a first-time All-State selection. When he graduated, he was the school’s all-time leader in rebounds and blocked shots.

Booker played college basketball at Clemson, and during his sophomore and junior seasons, Clemson had its first back-to-back NCAA appearances in nearly 10 years. During his junior year, Booker led the ACC in rebounding (averaging 9.7 per game) and field goal percentage (.571), and he finished second in blocked shots (2 per game). He was named second-team All-ACC and was named to the 2009 All-Defensive Team. During his senior year, Booker was selected the All-ACC first team.

Booker was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 23rd overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft and was later traded to the Washington Wizards on draft night. In July 2014, Booker signed with the Utah Jazz. In April 2015, Booker scored a career-high 36 points against the Portland Trail Blazers.

The 5th-year NBA veteran is working with the United Way and Clemson’s Youth Learning Institute to develop a program to incorporate a full hour of educational activities into his future basketball camps, emphasizing the importance of STEM education.

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