The Phoenix Suns selected Devin Booker with the No. 13 pick in the NBA Draft, bringing yet another former Wildcat into their organization.
The sharpshooter joins Eric Bledsoe, Archie Goodwin and Brandon Knight as guards who previously played at UK on the Suns' roster.
"I'm loving it, I'm loving it," Booker said to ESPN's Shannon Spake after exiting the draft stage. "Big Blue Nation everywhere. I wouldn't want it any other way."
He reflected on his time at UK during the broadcast.
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"At Kentucky we had a really talented team and I fit in really well with the team," Booker said. "I found my niche. On the next level I know I'm going to have to create more for myself. I think I'm already surprising people a little bit with my athleticism. So just stay tuned."
The 6-foot-6 Booker came off the bench for the Wildcats, averaging 10 points per game. The youngest player in the draft class, Booker shot 47 percent from the field in his one season at Kentucky, 41 percent from three-point range and 83 percent from the free throw line. He was named the SEC Sixth Man of the Year last season and won four straight SEC Freshman of the Week honors.
"I felt I was going to be (at UK) for a few years," Booker said to the Herald-Leader's Jerry Tipton. "The success of the team helped me out a lot."
Booker added that competition for the NBA's Rookie of the Year award will be fiery among UK's four lottery picks and any other Cats who were selected later in the night.
"Pretty sure it'll be fierce," he said. "We're all competitors."
Suns Coach Jeff Hornacek had good things to say about Booker's game, according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.
"This kid's a very mature 18-year-old," Hornacek said. "He could step right in and play. He's a smart player. ...
"It's a heck of a stroke," Hornacek said of Booker's shot. "He gets it up. It's right above his head where it should be."
On the Suns' loaded backcourt? Hornacek said, "Duke it out."