It was a two-hour ride each way, but Phil Booth Jr. said he didn’t mind.
He’s always been a hoops junkie, he said. And luckily so was his son, Phil Booth III. The travel together from their Maryland home to Villanova’s summer basketball camp allowed the former Northeast High star to talk basketball with his son.
Instead of signing him up for an AAU team, the father took the 12-year-old to different camps and hoped Jay Wright’s overnight camp would tune his son’s dribbling skills. Villanova’s always been a great guard school, he said.
And on Monday the former camper took a step to becoming one of those guards when Booth orally committed to play at Villanova. The 6-foot-2 Booth will be a senior this fall at Maryland’s Mount St. Joseph High. He is the second piece of Wright’s 2014 recruiting class, joining Great Valley forward Mikal Bridges.