Not just Carlos’ kid brother

Charles Boozer finally is answering reporters’ questions about himself and not his big brother, Carlos, a star forward for the NBA’s Utah Jazz.

Glued to the bench through the early part of the season, Boozer has been a fixture in the Iowa State lineup over the last three games — all victories. Boozer collected 14 minutes of playing time in four games prior to a breakthrough effort Dec. 28 at Houston. 

The sophomore guard logged 18 minutes in the Cyclones’ non-conference road win. Boozer was energetic on defense, solid on the backboards and turnover-free.

“I’m working hard and getting ready for each game,” he said. “Work hard every day, not take any game for granted and know that if i do get my chance to be ready

He’s been quick to launch shots in the past, not uncommom for reserves looking to stand out when they get a chance to play.

“Last year it was all about trying to catch the eye of everybody that was out there,” he said. “I’ve matured a lot.”

Boozer has made just two baskets during his recent string of double-digit minutes. He’s a good perimeter shooter, but is practicing patience more than anything on the offensive side of things. He’s low on the list of Coach Greg McDermott’s scoring options.

He’s a role player, which is critical for him to understand.

“We had a little meeting about what i have to do to get better and get on the court,” Boozer said. “(McDermott) gave me some advice: keep rebounding and keep defending and we’ll see what happens. I’ve been doing that and it’s been paying off.”

He may never be a star, or even a starter, but Boozer has proven he has a place on this team.

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