Devin Booker and Michael Carter-Williams are two of the brightest young prospects in college basketball, but they’re also two of its most divisive figures.
Booker’s meteoric rise has drawn criticism from some of his peers and from some who see his role as a threat to the team’s future.
The latter group is not likely to forgive Booker for what has been called a “pink slip” in a recent interview with the New York Times.
This week, Booker said that he’s “not trying to get in the way of [his] team’s success,” but that he “won’t be on a team if the team isn’t going to have a chance to win.”
On Tuesday, Carter-Weeks father, John, spoke out in favor of Booker’s role in the program.
The outspoken, New Jersey native was one of the five players invited to a Tuesday news conference with the Wildcats.
“When you look at Devin Booker, he has a huge heart,” John Carter-Wells told the Associated Press.
“And I think he has to play the game the right way.
I don’t think Devin Booker wants to hurt anybody.
I love the way he plays the game, and I just think he’s an incredible teammate.” “
He’s a great teammate.
I love the way he plays the game, and I just think he’s an incredible teammate.”
Booker, who is a senior, is the No. 1 overall draft pick in the 2017 class, behind Kansas’ Joel Embiid, Kansas’ Markelle Fultz and Florida State’s Lonzo Ball.
The Wildcats have won at least 18 games in three of the last four seasons, and they finished third in the nation in scoring in 2016-17.
The team’s biggest win came in the NCAA tournament last season, where Booker and his teammates beat Michigan in the semifinals.
But Booker’s sophomore campaign has been plagued by injuries and suspensions.
He missed the first three games of the season because of a sprained left ankle, but returned in the Big Ten Tournament’s second round, leading the Wildcats to a 67-64 victory over Indiana.
Booker finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds in that game, his first double-double of the year.
Carter-Goods, a 6-foot-8 freshman from San Diego, is also a starter.
The elder Carter-Howes said he has had conversations with Booker’s mother and coach about her son’s future in college, and he also expects Booker to be a role model.
“I know he’s got the talent,” Carter-Ives said.
“But I think the way we’re playing, I think you have to be in that mindset, like, ‘We’re going to make this happen, we’re going the right ways, we’ve got to take care of each other.
“We’re all trying to be the best that we can, and Devin Booker’s a big part of that,” Carter Williams said. “
He also criticized Booker’s attitude during the 2016-2017 season. “
We’re all trying to be the best that we can, and Devin Booker’s a big part of that,” Carter Williams said.
He also criticized Booker’s attitude during the 2016-2017 season.
Carter Williams is one of Bookers biggest critics.
He said he feels Booker has been taking more of a “personal stance” with his teammates.
“For the last two years, Devin has been the guy who’s not taking any of that personal stuff.
He’s trying to lead by example,” Carter said.
Carter also said that Booker’s teammates should take more responsibility for his success.
“This is the first time I’ve ever seen Devin Booker come out here and do what he does and be the player he’s supposed to be,” Carter told the AP.
“It’s the first and most important time he can do that.”
Booker’s coach, Mike Krzyzewski, also has said that the point guard has taken more of an “adversarial role” toward the team, saying that he would have preferred to have Booker play with his brother, Joel, a freshman at Kansas.
But Carter also has a lot to offer as a leader.
Carter said he would “love to be on the court with the guys, too,” and Carter said Booker “plays a lot more like a team guy than a point guard.”
The elder Booker said he hopes Booker can be the catalyst the Wildcats need in their push to reach the Big Dance.
“Devin Booker is a guy that, if he’s going to be great, he needs to have the team around him,” Carter Carter- Williams said, “because otherwise, you’re not going to get anything done.”