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IU basketball recruiting: Class of 2023 in-state forward Xavier Booker lands offer during visit

Class of 2023 forward Xavier Booker took an unofficial visit to Indiana on Wednesday.

He left the Bloomington campus with a scholarship offer from head coach Mike Woodson and the IU program.

Booker announced the offer on his Twitter page.

Booker is a player we have covered here going back to April when he started to emerge on the travel circuit with his George Hill All Indy U-16 squad.  The Cathedral High School (Indianapolis, Ind.) product soared up the Rivals’ 2023 rankings earlier this month, from unranked all the way to the No. 35 spot nationally in the class.

That ranking is a reflection of Booker’s immense potential as a prospect.  At 6-foot-10, he is showing signs of a truly modern forward with inside and out ability, and with length that can take him to the NBA if he develops.  For now, Booker has the attention of high major college basketball coaches.

“The thing that really stands out to college coaches is his length,” Cathedral head coach Jason Delaney told The Daily Hoosier about Booker recently.  “He’s so long and he’s able to block shots and get different places on the court, and he’s able to elevate over other people because he’s got that length.

“The other thing is his shooting.  He can knock down an open jumper from the outside.  The taller you are, the more things you can do, the more attractive you become to college coaches.”

Booker was a standout among 2023 prospects at the Pangos event in Las Vegas earlier this month.  247Sports’ national analyst Eric Bossi came way impressed, and also has seen progress from Booker even just over the last couple months.

“The rising junior big man from Indianapolis continued to impress me with his long-term potential,” Bossi wrote.  “I was also impressed by how far along Booker has come since I first saw him at the beginning of April. Pushing 6-foot-10 or so he’s a lean big man who can really run the floor, protect the rim a bit, spin for dunks and he’s also got enough shooting ability to force other bigs defend all the way to the three-point line which opens things up in the paint for everybody else. I’m starting to sound like a broken record bringing him up each chance I get, but I really like his potential.”

Indiana joined a quickly growing recruitment that includes Kansas State, Louisville, Purdue, Notre Dame, TCU, Ohio State, LSU, all high major schools that have offered, and others.

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