With Hoyas in final 5, Phil Booth talks G'Town

With Hoyas in final 5, Phil Booth talks G'Town
July 19, 2013, 8:15 am
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Phil Booth trimmed his list to five schools this week and coach John Thompson III and the Georgetown Hoyas are still in the running for Baltimore's best uncommitted prospect.

Booth, a 6-3 combo guard who plays for local powerhouse Team Takeover AAU, made the decision to cut his list of possible suitors days before coming to D.C. for the Nike Global Challenge at Trinity Washington University.

The Hoyas join Virginia, Villanova, Indiana, and Temple in the final five.

Through two games, Booth is averaging 13.5 points and 2.5 assists for an undefeated Team USA East squad that beat both France and Canada on Thursday.

Hoyas head coach John Thompson III was in attendance and looking on for both games.

"Georgetown has a great tradition. I like the coaching staff that they've got," Booth told CSN on Thursday at Nike Global. "I seem to get along well with the coaching staff and a couple players that already go there."

He says that he is friendly with Georgetown forward Greg Whittington and incoming freshman Reggie Cameron.

"They've said it fits my game well and I could just come there and help them win," Booth said.

Personal connections seem to be the strongest draw for Booth to Georgetown, who is also familiar with the program through AAU teammate Tre Campbell. Campbell is committed to the Hoyas also from the Class of 2014.

"We've been playing with each other since we were 15," Booth said. "That's definitely something I'd enjoy doing in college."

While Campbell is more of a point guard, Booth has shown the ability to flex between both guard spots. At Nike Global, he played primarily off the ball as a shooting guard while New Jersey native Isaiah Briscoe handled the point guard duties.

Still, Booth was able to lead thefastbreak on a number of possessions and had a crafty behind-the-back pass to Maryland commit Dion Wiley for a finger-roll finish in USA East's blowout win over France. 

"That’s something that we would like to do, play along in college together," Campbell told CSN by phone this week. "I hope it does. We're always talking about other stuff and basketball."

A commitment from Booth would give the Hoyas two guards in Booth and Campbell, plus South Carolina swingman L.J. Peak and North Carolina forward Isaac Copeland. But first must come the visits.

Booth is shooting for a chance to visit each of his final schools before making a choice  

"Hopefully. That's the goal to visit all five," he said. "Then I'll make my decision in the fall."