Booker has high hopes for Cats’ frosh guards

Published 1:30 pm Friday, October 20, 2023

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Former Kentucky star Devin Booker, who has a four-year, $222 million contract extension with the Phoenix Suns, hopes that freshman guards Rob Dillingham and DJ Wagner can help bring a national championship to Kentucky.

“I’ll be watching those guys closely the rest of their careers,” Booker said at the Suns’ media day.

“I worked out with Dillingham, me and (NBA all-star) Chris (Paul) did because he played with (Team) CP3 for a minute,” Booker said. “I’ve known little Wagner since he was a little kid. I’ve been hearing about him. I’m excited to see where their careers go.”

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Booker was only at UK one year but the Cats started the season 38-0 before losing to Wisconsin in the 2015 Final Four. One of his teammates and friends was Tyler Ulis, who is now a graduate assistant coach on John Calipari’s staff.

“He keeps me updated on everything going on in Lexington,” Booker said about Ulis at his team’s media day. “Those guys are go-getters. Those are the two names (Ulis) is excited for.”