Booker Gains Valuable Experience At World University Games

Al Hondo HandyCorrespondent IJuly 17, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 19:  Trevor Booker #35 of the Clemson Tigers jumps to the basket for the slam dunk against the Michigan Wolverines during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Sprint Center on March 19, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri.  The Wolverines defeated the Tigers 62-59.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The Clemson Tigers will benefit from the experience that Trevor Booker gained during his play in the World University Games.

Booker, was named to the 12 man roster to represent the United States, in late June.  He and his Coach Oliver Purnell were both proud of his accomplishment, something that had only been done three other times by a Clemson player.

Booker played well during the tournament, as his team recorded victories over Finland, 87-40, South Korea, 113-76, Greece, 108-77, Serbia, 68-66, Bulgaria, 96-66, but lost to Russia, 69-68.  However, the team rebounded to win the Bronze Medal over Israel, 91-80.  Booker averaged 6.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, while leading the team with 8 blocks.

Playing against international competition will only help Booker, as he enters his senior for the Tigers. 

This will be an exciting year for Booker and the Clemson Tigers.  Booker has taken a big step to try and make that happen.