Suns attend Devin Booker’s high school jersey retirement ceremony

Dec 11, 2022, 7:00 AM

(Twitter Photo/Suns)...

(Twitter Photo/Suns)

(Twitter Photo/Suns)

Moss Point High School in Mississippi retired Devin Booker’s No. 2 jersey on Saturday, and the Phoenix Suns traveled from New Orleans to attend the ceremony at Arthur Haynes Gym.

The Suns faced the Pelicans on Friday and will do so again Sunday, so Saturday gave the team a chance to celebrate the accomplishments of its star player before he donned the uniform.

Booker — who grew up in Grand Rapids, Mich., before moving down south in high school — developed into a five-star recruit and 2014 McDonald’s All-American at Moss Point.

He played three seasons in Mississippi, became the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,518 points and earned Mississippi high school Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior.

“I developed a confidence in myself that I didn’t know I had that you guys brought out of me,” Booker said in his speech.

“I developed a grit that was deep inside me that I had not tapped into yet … I take (it) with me everywhere.”

Booker’s father, Melvin, also played high school ball at Moss Point and was in attendance for Saturday’s ceremony.


The Suns star announced that he and his father will take on replacing the hardwood in the gym and redoing the locker rooms.

Booker chose to play at Kentucky in college following his historic high school career, spending one season there before getting drafted by the Suns in 2015.

The rest is history, as Booker is a three-time All-Star and No. 6 on Phoenix’s all-time scoring list.


Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Phoenix Suns

Ryan Dunn #0 of the Phoenix Suns poses for a portrait during the 2024 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot at UNL...

Kellan Olson

Phoenix Suns pick up 1st win of summer league vs. Thunder

The Phoenix Suns pulled out their first win of summer league on Wednesday in a 100-99 final over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

6 minutes ago

Phoenix Suns owner, Mat Ishbia looks on during the first half of the NBA game against the Oklahoma ...

Kellan Olson

Suns’ Mat Ishbia sees other teams ‘hiding’ from spending in 2nd apron

The Phoenix Suns have continued to zig while other teams zag with the new limitations in place for the NBA's mega-spenders.

2 hours ago

Devin Booker dives for the basketball...

Associated Press

Devin Booker helps provide spark off bench in Team USA’s win vs. Serbia

Devin Booker and the Team USA reserves accounted for 28 points off the bench in the first half of their exhibition win over Serbia.

4 hours ago

Mat Ishbia and Tom Izzo...

Arizona Sports

Mat Ishbia: ‘1,000% support’ for Devin Booker, Kevin Durant playing with Team USA

Phoenix Suns owner Mat Ishbia said he's all for Devin Booker and Kevin Durant suiting up for Team USA and the Paris Olympics.

7 hours ago

(Twitter photo/@Suns)...

Kellan Olson

Oso Ighodaro, David Roddy flash for summer Suns in loss to Pacers

Phoenix Suns second-round pick Oso Ighodaro flashed some of what he is capable of as an NBA-ready player in a loss for the summer Suns.

1 day ago

Suns attend Devin Booker’s high school jersey retirement ceremony