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Booe accepts walk-on invitation from Sycamores

Wednesday, May 7, 2003

For four years those who've had the opportunity to watch Clay City athletics have known that Elliott Booe had special talent, especially on the basketball court.

Even more valuable than his athletic ability, his work ethic and desire to win are what made him so important to an Eels team that went 18-5 overall this season, winning the Tri-River Conference and Greene County Tournament.

It's that determination and winning attitude that could earn him a spot on the Indiana State Sycamores basketball team next season.

The 5'11 senior accepted an invitation to walk on for the Sycamores next season.

"Not many kids get the opportunity to live out this dream," said Clay City coach Grant McVay. "I believe he'll continue to get better as a basketball player."

Booe averaged 18.3 points per game last season along with 4.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists for the Eels. He was also named to the Tri-River Conference and Southwestern Athletic Conference teams and All-Sectional Team as well.

He made the selection this weekend over DePauw University, Bethel and Rose-Hulman who had also shown a great deal of interest.

"Elliott, first of all, has the test scores to go where he wants. He certainly respects all of those basketball programs, but not many players get the opportunity to play at the Division I level," commented McVay.

"I wish that I would have had the opportunity to coach him all four years," said McVay. "What really impressed me was his competitiveness. His desire to win really made him a natural leader for us."

Booe will have the opportunity to join a squad that will be increasingly young and include five sophomores along with several freshman scholarship players who will join the program next season.

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