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PHIL BOOTH HAS SCHOOLS IN HOT PURSUIT AS ’14 G IMPRESSES IN JULY
Phil Booth entered July already with a pretty big reputation and his game has been living up to that rep. As a member of the NBE Class of 2014 Pre-July Live Period Top 40 at #34, Booth solidified his position as one of the elite players nationally in the rising junior high school class with his play on the AAU circuit with Team Takeover DC.
The 6-foot-2 guard who attends Baltimore’s Mount St. Joseph High School has a reputation as a shot maker and while he certainly lived up to that at the recent Peach Jam on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball Circuit, NBE’s National Recruiting Analyst Brian Bosworth noted that Booth also showed a more complete game than what he has witnessed from him before. He played at the point for long stretches and did a great job of running offense and finding shots for others. If Booth can fully transition to the point his ceiling becomes quite a bit higher as his size and shot-making ability can seperate himself from other floor generals in the class.
His strong play has led to plenty of college attention and Booth was kind enough to participate in a Question and Answer session on his recruitment and how he feels about the new rule where college coaches, beginning back on June 15th, where allowed to be able to have unlimited contact with recruits via phone, text messaging or social media messaging. Read on below for the details…
NBE Sports: Who was the first school to contact you and when did they reach out to you?
Booth: Rutgers in July 2011 when I was a rising sophomore.
NBE Sports: As of now…how many schools have you heard from since June 15th?
Booth: I have heard from more than 25 colleges.
NBE Sports: Who has been the most creative in their communication?
Booth: Georgetown has probably been the most creative in contacting me.
NBE Sports: Any new scholarship offers?
Booth: My latest scholarship offer was from Larry Brown at SMU when I was at Peach Jam.
NBE Sports: Any new schools that you haven’t heard from previously begin contacting you?
NBE Sports: What do you think of the unlimited contact rule? Do you think you will get tired of it or just adjust as it is part of today’s electronic age?
Booth: [I am] not really bothered by the rule but I know my parents are going to tell coaches some limitations once school starts.
NBE Sports: At this point, what schools are you considering that are actively recruiting you?
Booth: I am really considering everyone. I have ten offers: Georgetown, Maryland, Villanova, Indiana, Seton Hall, Rutgers, St. Joe’s, Xavier, SMU [and] South Florida, but I also am being recruited by other schools such as Texas, Syracuse, Miami, Ohio State, Notre Dame and NC State.
NBE Sports: Any favorites or leaders?
Booth: No favorites, [I am] just very humbled that schools like the way I play. I really work hard.
The third and final live period of July gets under way this afternoon at 5 PM. Team Takeover is scheduled to be playing at ‘Like in AC’ and Team Takeover will also be hosting their own event this weekend. NBE Sports hopes to get one more look at Phil Booth this summer as he is certainly one of the most exciting players and top prospects in the Class of 2014!
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