2014 guard Phil Booth of Mount St. Joseph’s High School (Baltimore, Md.) took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce his decision to verbally commit to Villanova.
Booth, who plays with the highly-regarded AAU squad Team Takeover (D.C.), is Villanova’s second commit to the 2014 class. Great Valley forward Mikal Bridges announced his decision to verbally commit to the Wildcats in June.
“I’m excited that he committed here, I’ve seen him play a lot and he’s a real good player,” Bridges told CoBL by text. “Excited to play with him at Nova.”
Before announcing his decision on Tuesday, Booth was down to five final schools: Villanova, Indiana, Georgetown, Virginia and Temple. According to DMV Elite’s Edgar Walker, Villanova was the only school to conduct an in-home visit with Booth.
Booth’s high school coach Pat Clatchey spoke to CoBL over the phone, with nothing but high praise for his rising senior. Clatchey spoke about how he thinks Booth will transition to the college game.
“He’ll be a terrific college player; from a physical standpoint he has the ability to make others around him better,” Clatchey said. “I don’t think he has a lot of weaknesses. I think he can help a team win in a lot of different ways.”
He also talked about his knowledge of Booth’s decision making process.
“I knew [Villanova] was a viable option,” Clatchey said. “I think he and his parents took their time, they had great options. They felt this was the best fit for him as a person, student, and basketball player.”
In Booth, Villanova coach Jay Wright and his staff are getting another consensus top-100 player who ESPN calls a “smooth combo guard who can play either position.” When he arrives on campus next fall, he’ll join a backcourt that will include then-juniors Ryan Arcidiacono and Dylan Ennis as well as senior Darrun Hilliard, so his minutes will likely come at the off-guard spot initially though he projects as a point guard.