2014 guard Phil Booth breaks down five finalists

  • 07/23/2013 7:45 am in

061713jvxWASHINGTON – Phil Booth of Mount St. Joseph (Md.) has trimmed his list of schools down to a top five.

While at the Nike Global Challenge, Booth said he is working with a list that includes Villanova, Georgetown, Indiana, Virginia, and Temple. The No. 81 prospect in the class of 2014 according to ESPN.com seems firm with his list of five.

“Probably going to be set with that,” Booth told Inside the Hall. “I’m probably not going to open it up any more.”

The 6-foot-2 combo guard said he has offers from all five finalists and shared his thoughts on each school:

· Indiana: “They got the great tradition, I like the coaching staff they got and definitely the Big Ten is one of the best conferences there is out there.”

· Villanova: “Coach Jay Wright has a good history of good guards, so that’s definitely an attraction. I like their style of play. I like the coaching staff they got there.”

· Temple: “I like coach [Fran] Dunphy. He’s been around since my freshman year, sophomore year. So, I really like them, I like the way they play, their style.”

· Georgetown: “Of course tradition, I like coach [John] Thompson [III] and I really like the coaching staff they’ve got there.”

· Virginia: “I like coach [Tony] Bennett. He [has had] good guards, he played in the League and I’m trying to get there. So, I like him a lot too.”

Booth said that all five finalists are recruiting him hard and added that he’s got a good idea of what he’s looking for at this stage in the recruiting process.

“A place that I can succeed on and off the court,” he said. ” And a great coaching staff that I like and trust [and I can] play along with.”

Booth has been on unofficial visits to all of those schools except for Virginia. He also has one future visit scheduled.

“I have an official planned on August 29 to Indiana,” Booth said. “They’ve been talking about it for a while, so I decided I would get down there and see them. It’s a great, great campus, so it should be fun. I’m going to go down there and see a football game, see how fun it is.”

The first time Booth visited Bloomington was Indiana’s game with then-No. 1 Michigan for ESPN College GameDay. The Hoosiers won that game 81-73.

“That was a great game, atmosphere was crazy there,” Booth said. “I don’t think it gets any better than that.”

Booth said he has been in regular contact with Tom Crean and assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Kenny Johnson. He spoke about his relationship with Crean as well as how he might fit into Indiana’s style of play.

“It’s pretty good,” Booth said. “We talk pretty often during the week. I think he’s a pretty good coach, he’s an up-tempo guy, likes to keep it going. I like their style. The up and down style kind of fits me well.”

Alex Schwartz is the president and chief scouting officer of Northstar Basketball.

(Photo credit: Kelly Kline/Under Armour)

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  • Steve Fischer

    Uh oh coming down for a football game might not be that exciting. THe other schools are not big on football either I suppose.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I think the squeeze is now on for spots in the 14 class. Would not be surprised to see a couple verbals soon.

  • Hardwood83

    Does kind of feel that way, doesn’t it? My guess is IU takes a wing & a big man to go with Blackmon.

  • Rie

    Bluiett, Exum (in my opinion our biggest priority) and Goodluck. I would also love getting any of the longshot bigs in the class, such as Turner or Alexander, but the chances are not very realistic. Black, Hill, and Booth (Booth would be a great four year get) would also be nice if we struck out on any of the aforementioned. Either way, I always trust Crean’s recruiting and am already satisfied with just having James wrapped up.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I kind of have this gut feeling that Humphrey is going to land in this class. Not a bad feeling at all about him though. I think we have the inside track on Exum, but I am not so sure he is going to college. He could be and hope he does, but no shocker if he doesn’t. I would be very happy if Bluiett comes to IU.

  • marcusgresham

    Unless it’s one of the games where they break out the chrome and crimson uniforms. I’m actually looking forward to IU football for the first time in a long while.

  • marcusgresham

    I have a Villanova feel on this kid. I think Jay Wright only gets one guy over 6’6″ on his roster. Any of the five are solid academically so he’ll be in good shape.

  • Miamihoosier

    If they can’t win six games and make a bowl, with 8 home games, including Minnesota and Purdue at home, THAT would be a feat of astounding ineptitude.

  • SCHoosier

    I think most of the recruits want to get their AAU season over with..review their options..do their visits prior to their b-ball season starting and make a decision. We’re gonna lose out on somebody waiting for Exum..[personally I’d take a really good four year player over a 5 star one and done unless he’s the missing piece to a Final Four push..which will not be the case with our young Hoosier team IMO.)

  • B-TOWNdawgs

    Easily a priority in the class- has been for awhile. Not sure how he can like our style AND like Temple’s style though…

  • Taz

    Agree with your assessment of taking a really good 4 year player – which is why I can’t understand why IU hasn’t offered the McIntosh kid. He’s really good and would be a solid player who would help provide stability / leasership. Plus he’s an Indiana kid.

  • Erik Holm

    I’m expecting the football team to do some things this year and go to a bowl. The home games set up nicely with the other cellar teams like pu, minn & ill coming in town. The away games, that would be tough even at home…osu, mich & wisc, are on the road. 8 close wins at home, 4 bad losses on the road…I’d take it. #Chrome&Crimson

  • Ole Man

    Honestly; great kid. Hope he goes somewhere else. Another short guard. And we need that scholy for Exum!

  • JG

    That’s been a lot of the talk, but there’s also talk that he’s Nova’s plan B. He is Temple’s priority right now. Why he’d want to be someone’s backup plan, I have no idea.

  • JG

    Big is relative. We’re not Alabama, but we certainly care about football.