Villanova lands Baltimore's Phil Booth

Maryland's Phil Booth orally committed to Villanova on July 30. (Kelly Kline/Under Armour)
Maryland's Phil Booth orally committed to Villanova on July 30. (Kelly Kline/Under Armour) (Kelly Kline / Under Armour)
Posted: July 30, 2013

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.

"When I first told Jay Wright that I went to his camp, he was shocked," Booth III said. "...It's great to come here now, I could never imagine this."

He now plays AAU basketball for Washington-based Team Takeover, the same team that produced NBA lottery pick Victor Oladipo. ESPN rates Booth as a four-star recruit and ranks him No. 81 in his class. He chose the Wildcats over offers from Georgetown, Indiana, Temple and Maryland.

"It's the icing on the cake," said Booth Jr. "They have a great MBA program and the play great Big East basketball. It's the best of both worlds."


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