Tuesday, July 30, 2013
ESPN 100 PG Booth boosts Nova's class
By Reggie Rankin
ESPN 100 point guard Phil Booth (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph) committed to Villanova on Tuesday over offers from Georgetown, Indiana, Temple and Virginia.
Booth, who is ranked No. 81 overall in the Class of 2014, gives the Wildcats their second ESPN 100 prospect and moves Villanova into the 2014 class rankings at No. 8. The Wildcats also have a pledge from small forward Mikal Bridges (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley), who is ranked No. 79 in the ESPN 100.
ESPN 100 PG Phil Booth committed to Villanova on Tuesday, giving the Wildcats two ESPN 100 recruits in the 2014 class.
This is huge for Villanova head coach Jay Wright to land two versatile perimeter players from the fertile recruiting grounds of Pennsylvania and the DMV area.
At 6-foot-2, 170 pounds, Booth is a good athlete and will provide the Wildcats with a guard who can excel on and off the ball in the backcourt. With the ball in his hands he displays an excellent basketball IQ, makes good decisions and possesses the ability to knock down shots. Off the ball he can stretch the defense with the threat of his shot-making and range from beyond the 3-point arc.
Booth is also a good perimeter rebounder and a well-schooled defensive player who will be able to defend both guard positions.
As far as his fit with Villanova, Booth should excel in the Wildcats’ system that plays multiple perimeter players at the same time. They attack off the bounce in order to get to the rim, drop off passes in the lane or kick out for wide-open 3s.
Defensively, Booth will be comfortable in Villanova’s man defense. He is a good on-ball defender and is usually in the right position away from the ball as well. His defensive versatility will also make it easy to switch between defending point guards and shooting guards on screens and on all end-of-clock situations as well.
Booth and Bridges each fit the Wildcats on both sides of the ball, and Wright is off to a great start in the Class of 2014 coming off the July live period.