PHIL BOOTH PLANNING TWO OCTOBER VISITS & HOPES TO SEE INDIANA AS WELL
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Phil Booth has been a name on the Mid-Atlantic recruiting radar for some time. He did little to diminish his reputation on the spring and summer AAU trail with Team Takeover DC.
The 6-foot-3+ guard who attends Baltimore’s Mount St. Joseph High School has been known as a shot maker and while he certainly lived up to that when NBE saw him at the 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 of 2014.
Speaking of size…college coaches should take note, Booth is still growing.
“I just got a physical,” Booth told NBE Sports on Monday. “I am 6’3 1/2 without shoes [and] 6’5 with shoes. I am at 186 [pounds].”
With that size and ability, it is no wonder Booth is regarded as one of the top players in this current junior class. Follwoing his summer performance he checked in at #38 in the NBE Class of 2014 Post-July Top 75 and his upside is just as impressive as his current ranking. He has concentrated on weight training and conditioning this fall since the AAU season has finished and improvements in his overall game as he has big goals for his junior season ahead.
“Repeating as the Baltimore Catholic League Champs and winning the MIAA championship,” said Booth of his team goals for the season adding Mount St. Joseph’s plays in Division II.
Individually, Booth plans to continue to refine his overall game as a basketball player.
“Like always, [my goal is] just to get better,” he said. I want to continue to improve my overall game.”
As expected the colleges recruiting Booth is a long list. With the process still early in his recruitment, he is just taking in the process and not ready to form any list or name favorites.
“I am really still considering all colleges that are recruiting me,” said Booth. “I am still just a junior so I have some time before I have to cut my list down. I just feel blessed that I am being recruited by so many D1 colleges.”
A couple schools will get a chance in the coming weeks to host Booth and show him a little more about their programs as they celebrate the start of a new season with Midnight Madness type festivities. Booth is looking forward to the trips.
“I will be at Maryland‘s March Madness on October 12th and then Villanova‘s on October 26th,” he said.
Another program he hopes to check out prior to the season has made recruiting Team Takeover players a priority is Indiana. Over the summer Tom Crean hired former Takeover coach Kenny Johnson and it paid immediate dividends with a commitment from Stanford Robinson. Booth also hopes to take a look at what the Hoosiers have to offer.
“I also plan to go to Indiana before the season starts,” he said Monday.
While three schools will get a chance to give Booth a first-hand look at their programs in the coming weeks, others should not worry, Booth is still very early in the recruiting process. He told NBE Sports that he will be taking things slow and is still forming a list of factors that will be important in his final decision.
“I think when it gets closer I will sit down with my parents and make a decision about what factors are most important,” he said. “I am still learning about the process so things could change by the time I am making a decision.”
Phil Booth is definitely a player to keep an eye on this winter in the Class of 2014. You can be certain many college programs will take notice of this exciting talent from Mount St. Joseph’s in Baltimore and Team Takeover DC. NBE will continue to monitor his recruitment so stay tuned here for more in the future.