Four schools in steady contact with Phil Booth

042913ncvsClass of 2014 Mount St. Joseph’s (MD) guard Phil Booth is still planning to wait until the fall to pick a school, but it appears a few schools are beginning to separate themselves in his recruitment.

Booth, who is an integral part of unbeaten Team Takeover in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League, updated his recruitment for Inside the Hall recently at the third EYBL session in Dallas.

“It’s going pretty well,” he said. “The newest one to come on is Memphis, but the steady ones have been Georgetown, Indiana, Maryland and Villanova.”

Booth has visited each of the four schools he mentioned as being steady in his pursuit.

His trip to Indiana was an unofficial visit for the Hoosiers’ 81-73 win over No. 1 Michigan on ESPN’s College GameDay. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound guard said his communication with the IU staff has remained consistent.

“A few times a week. It’s been pretty steady,” Booth said. “They’ve been pretty close, especially (Kenny) Johnson. He calls and texts, so I have a pretty good relationship with both of them.”

Through three EYBL sessions, Team Takeover is 13-0 and a lock for July’s Peach Jam. They’ll look to finish another session unbeaten this weekend in Minneapolis with games against Meanstreets, Texas Pro, Team Scan, Houston Hoops and Expressions Elite.

“We’ve been playing real good basketball and playing together,” Booth said. “When we do that and listen to what the coach is saying, we play pretty well. So we’re trying to keep the streak alive.”

In EYBL play, Booth is averaging 10.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 20.5 minutes per game. He’s shooting 39.1 from the field, 45.5 percent on 3-pointers and 80.4 percent from the foul line.

“My strengths are probably shooting the ball and getting to the rim,” he said. “I can probably improve on my ball handling and being more aggressive at times instead of being a little too laid back.”

Having already taken visits to the primary schools involved in his recruitment, Booth said he’s got a good feel for what he’ll be looking for when he makes a decision this fall.

“A good program, a winning program,” Booth said. “A place where I can earn some time when I get there as a freshman.”

Chris O’Dell of Star Local News contributed to this report.

  • Jordan

    Alex, why doesn’t Phil and Goodluck have other more “top tier” teams after them? According to espn Goodluck is a 5* and Phil is #35 nationally. And in your opinion who do you feel IU could finish this class with this year?

  • lolman

    Another 4 and 5 star recruit considering IU. By 2014 IU will officially be back. They’ll have a starting 5 who can all get the rim. Ball movement will no longer be stifled by zones and turnovers. IU basketball will improve significantly in the next 3 seasons.

  • Hardwood83

    Don’t disagree with you- but I’m not sure that actually qualifies as being ‘back’. I can’t recall too many times IU has ever had a starting 5 that gets to the rim. I love Hoosier history, but it’s not littered with extremely athletic teams. Usually a disciplined/skilled team that knows their role along with one or two great talents.

  • Ole Man

    Nothing personal, but I disagree with your assessment. Taking the last first: It will be difficult to improve on a B1G title, 2 Sweet Sixteens, 4 thousand point scorers, #1 rankings, etal. Yes, we can get as good again and hopefully go farther. However, even though you may not have meant it, you’re slamming the team that brought us back into the conversation.

    Zones will stifle any offense, no matter how athletic, if they aren’t attacked with the proper offense. Turnovers are a fact of life in the type of offense IU plays, and will continue to be unless we go to a slow down offense.

    IU has officially been back for two years.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I think right now they’re being regionally recruited outside of IU. Look at the three schools on that list (now with Memphis as a new addition). It’s G’Town, Maryland, Villanova and he’s in that region. I think a lot of times the regional power schools go hard after their region (i.e. – losing Pinson to UNC) and then the big namers like pUKe, Duke, UNC, UCLA, etc. get in later once they realize that the kid is going to be an immediate impact player. I think this is a testament to how hard Tom Crean works recruiting that he seems to be in different regions and going hard after kids earlier than other teams outside their regions.

    I would love to see IU end up with Lyles (though he’s probably a Louisville lean), Goodluck, and Booth in addition to Blackmon Jr., but I guess we’ll see. If the Noah Vonleh recruitment is any indication we may not even be on the radar with someone who’ll end up in the candy stripes!

  • jaypay23

    This class is loaded and we should be going after Exum and Lyle. Let Purdue and other non storied programs get these three and four star players.If were back like every one is saying then landing five star recruits should not be hard.

  • SCHoosier

    “Not hard to recruit a five star”..what planet are you living on?

  • HostileHoosier

    +1 man you hit it, IU IS back and the comment you had about the zone is spot on! We (IU) had players this year that could beat the zone (2 come to mind and I wont mention names) but the kids did not attack the zone in a manner to beat it!

    2ND yes with a offence that runs the way CTC wants IU to run there are going to be turnovers period! I am ok with this if the bench is deep enough to keep fresh legs on the court. I sometimes wonder if fans know what the running game does to the other team. If we have a good bench conditioning wise then running the floor is the way to go. Wearing the other team out leads to weak legs and alot of fouls late in the 2nd half. I dont mind giving up 10-14 turnovers in a fast paced game that leaves the other team tired and fouling to stop plays in the last 5 min of a game!

  • CreamandCrimson

    I guess my question on Booth would be…what does he add that Blackmon Jr. doesn’t? I’m not claiming to know because I have never seen Booth play but I have seen Blackmon Jr. play multiple times. Blackmon Jr. is a great shooter and a lethal scorer (apparently so is Booth). They are both 6’2″/6’3″. They both will be playing primarily shooting guard. If Booth committed, I would welcome the addition (having multiple dead-eye shooters is a plus!), but right now, I think he and Blackmon Jr. might be a bit redundant and with limited scholarships I don’t know if that’s a good thing to have.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Can anyone name the last “Phil” to play at IU?

  • Ole Man

    Excellent point on conditioning and the other team wearing down in the second half. IU had that going on for a lot of this past season. Hope we stay with it. Go “Hurryin’ Hoosiers!”

  • SCHoosier

    Has IU asked for a medical redshirt for AE..assume that extends his scholarship another year?

  • plane1972

    Sorry to completely disagree, but athleticism, or lack thereof, has always been a myth about IU. Consider these names and tell me those starting 5s were not serious athletes: Wilkerson, May, Buckner, Woodson, I. Thomas, Tolbert, Turner, Smart, Garrett, Eyl, E. Anderson, Edwards, Meeks, Bailey, Cheaney, G. Graham, Henderson, Fife, Jeffries, Leach, Moye, Newton, Coverdale and others I’m certainly overlooking. Sampson’s teams were athletic, too.

    Even back in the day they were known as the Hurryin’ Hoosiers. I just don’t buy into the non-athletic myth perpetrated against IU’s glory days. Knight (and Branch, I’m sure) made them play with IQ and not shear athleticism.

  • plane1972

    Isenbarger?

  • Hoosier10

    I hope you mean Lyle because the ship for Lyles sailed a long time ago. I agree with the rest though Crean does a very good job of getting into recruitment early instead of coming in last second which means something to recruits and hopefully pays dividends

  • Hardwood83

    Sure, we’ll just disagree. But to be clear, I didn’t state IU’s never had any athletes- or even athletic teams- but hasn’t had ‘a starting 5 that can get to the rim’. If you review your list the only starting 5 included is ’02. Not sure Leach & Coverdale qualify as guys that can ‘get to the rim’. Alford & Daryl Thomas weren’t particularly athletic. Loved Nover, Brian Evans and all the rest- but they weren’t especially gifted athletes. That’s all I’m saying, if/when IU gets to that point it will be rare for the program.

  • Hardwood83

    As I understand it, a RX redshirt isn’t requested until after your eligiility is exhausted. In other words Austin can’t apply until after his Sr season.

  • plane1972

    Fair enough.

  • calbert40

    According to ESPN, in 2013 there are 22 players in the NATION rated as 5 star players. We got one of them (Vonleh). There are only 23 in 2014 and 13 in the 2015 class. Considering that every blue blood program is going to want those players AND factor in the regional schools that may be a pinch below those schools who will use the “close to home” and “immediate PT” pitches, it is hard to get those players.

    We’ve gotten our share of them (had one McD AA in each of the last three years), and we will continue to get them, but I’d suggest that unless you are cheating, it is hard to get 5 stars consistently.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    That is who I was thinking. Good call

  • RonB

    If you think about it the IU 1975 and 1976 teams had 2 big guards with Wilkerson being very athletic and Buckner a bulldog who could defend with the best of them. They had a Big center in Benson, a greater scorer in May and Green/Abernathy at forwards. As a team of 5 I believe they were the closest we ever had to 5 starting athletic players who played defense with a passion and ran their offense to a tee. Maybe that’s why there has never been a NCAA team go unfitted since.

  • RonB

    That should be undefeated

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