Omaha Westside’s Jadin Booth received his first Divison I scholarship offer from UNO on June 26 — and he wasn't expecting it.
"I was surprised when I got the offer from UNO,” said Booth, a 6-foot-1 guard ranked No. 1 in the 2020 class. "I have worked really hard since the day I started playing basketball, so it was truly an honor when I got it. ... It has made me want to work harder and see where I can go from here."
“I don’t see any limits,” Booth said. “I am just trying to go as far as I can go with basketball and will try to do the best I can wherever I end up.”
Booth's recruitment has picked up since he received the UNO offer. A couple Division I schools that regularly recruit the area have been in consistent contact with him.
“UMKC invited me to their elite camp in August," Booth said. "I went to Northern Iowa’s camp in June, and they have been in regular contact with me since then.”
"I want to get more offers so I can explore more options,” Booth said. “I want to get my name out there and compete with the best kids in the country and prove to myself that I can play with anyone.”
Booth and his OSA Crusaders 16U Gauntlet AAU teammates start their July schedule playing in the Adidas Guantlet Finale on Thursday afternoon in New York City. They qualified for the tournament with strong play in the spring at Adidas-sponsored events.
"I want to go deep in this tournament and prove a lot of people wrong,” Booth said. “I know a lot of people didn't think we could get to this point and now I want to prove them wrong on another level that we can go deep in this tournament."
Booth has spent the spring and summer working to improve many facets of his game.
"I'm lifting and getting stronger,” Booth said. “I have been working out with First Pick Performance five days a week and getting stronger physically off the court. On the court I’m doing a lot of stuff, just off the dribble, and my hesitation move I have been working on a lot, and pull-up (jumpers) and being creative with my finishes around the rim."
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