Phil Booth plans to visit Indiana later this month

  • 06/18/2013 8:00 am in

061713jvxCHARLOTTSVILLE, Va. — Indiana has been recruiting class of 2014 guard Phil Booth hard for over a year now, and the Hoosiers have shown no signs of letting up.

Booth said at last week’s NBPA Top 100 Camp at the University of Virginia that he still talks to either Kenny Johnson or Tom Crean every day and he plans to take an official visit to Bloomington later this month.

“It’s been pretty heavy lately,” Booth said. “We were talking about taking a visit this month. It’s still up in the air, but I’ll definitely make a visit before next year starts.”

The presence of Johnson has really helped Indiana with Booth because of his East Coast ties. The 6-foot-3 guard is from Baltimore, and the other schools recruiting him hardest are much closer to home.

Booth, who plays at Mount St. Joseph’s and also for Team Takeover on the AAU circuit, said he also plans to take return visits to both Maryland and Villanova in the coming months.

When asked what coaches he has the best relationship with, Booth mentioned Villanova’s Jay Wright and Maryland’s Mark Turgeon. But that doesn’t mean his relationship with the Indiana staff isn’t strong, too.

“Me and coach Crean and Johnson go way back,” Booth said. “I’m pretty tight with Johnson. We text all the time. It’s kind of loose sometimes.

“They’ve been recruiting me so long they have to slow down and speed up at times because it’s been so long. They’re speeding up right now.”

Perhaps the most newsworthy note to come out of Top 100 Camp was the fact that Booth hopes to play point guard at the next level. The 6-foot-3 Booth has always played both backcourt positions, but he said he’ll be prepared to play with the ball in his hands at the collegiate level.

That plan may have something to do with his court vision, which Booth called the biggest strength of his game.

“I can see the court pretty well,” Booth said. “My weakness, from time to time coaches don’t think I’m aggressive enough. I need to be more aggressive.”

Booth said he will commit in the fall, but he hasn’t yet targeted a specific month.

Photo credit: Kelly Kline/Under Armour

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  • CreamandCrimson

    I have made this comment a couple of different times….If Phil Booth isn’t going to be a point guard, I don’t know what role he would play at Indiana. This report clarifies the situation and I think it makes his value at IU more apparent. If Tom Crean believes Phil Booth can be a top level point guard after Yogi leaves, I’d be happy to have him in candy stripes. It is looking increasingly likely that Crean and staff will be bringing in at least 2 or 3 (Blackmon Jr., Exum, Lyle, Booth, Ahmed Hill) guards in the 2014 class. Man, it’s going to be a very full backcourt!

  • Benhyoung14

    He’s tall for a point guard which is a must in todays game. Having a 6’3” PG and everybody else 6’5” or taller would be a huge advantage. Blackmon’s size does concern me, but hopefully its something he can overcome.

  • N71

    Moves a little like Jordon Crawford. Who is the freight train player center on his team?

  • notfargj

    yes, i agree with the height concern on the defensive end. however, while booth is a good fascilitator, he isn’t as strong a shooting threat as blackmon. james has proven that he can put up big numbers. a pure shooter like hulls, another upside to james is that he is quicker than jordy which could compensate for his height. can phil improve his shot, much like victor did? yes, but, if i had to pick right now between the two, i would take junior. don’t get me wrong, having both players would be great. and, as young as he is, i am already super impressed with the poise phil demonstrates in his interviews.

  • Hoosierfan812

    From the video it seems that he may not be able to finish with his left. He goes left a few different times, but tries to finish with him right every time. Could just be in this highlight, but could be an issue of he isn’t capable of finishing with the left. Or at least have the confidence to attempt it.

  • Drew

    looks like he had his left wrist wrapped up which may be the reason he really used his right so often.

  • Mooks

    I like the raw honest footage. I ain’t gonna be as fast as Yogi. But man he has potential to have a good frame and add a ton of muscle.

  • ScoopGeoff

    It isn’t a must in today’s game… There are lots of successful small back courts in both the pros and college, including the national champions with Siva (6′) and Smith (6’1″).