Phil Booth Biography
Phil Booth (born December 31, 1995) is a college basketball player for the Villanova Wildcats. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Phil Booth is a college basketball player who currently plays as basketball guard for the Villanova Wildcats.
He played high school basketball at Mount Saint Joseph.On December 31 2022,Phil signed with Petkim Spor of the Basketbol Super Ligi (BSL).
Phil Booth is a basketball player. He competed in college for the Villanova Wildcats. He is 27 years old as of 2023. Phil was born on 31 December 1995, in Baltimore, Maryland, United States.
Phil Booth’s Early Life
Booth was born on 31st December 1995, in Baltimore, Maryland. His birth sign is Capricorn. He holds American nationality and is of African ethnicity.
He was raised alongside his two sisters by their parents: father, Phil Booth Sr. and mother, Robin Booth. Phil attended Mount Saint Joseph and began playing basketball.
While there, he was named as the 2013-14 Baltimore Prep Player of the Year and a first-team All-Catholic League selection. He holds the record for most points at Mount Saint Joseph High School.
Phil Booth Parents
His parents are: Phil Booth Sr. And Robin Booth
Phil Booth Personal Life
Currently 22, Phil Booth is possibly single and unmarried as he has not revealed any information regarding his love life, not even his relationship status.
Though he actively surfs social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, he has not shared even a single picture with a lady who could be his possible girlfriend neither he has been spotted in public or in the party with his loved one.
Booth stands six feet three inches in his height with a perfect weight 86 Kg. He has a good relationship with his teammate Jalen Brunson on and off the field.
Phil Booth Height | Weight
He has a height of 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)tall and weight of 190 lb (86 kg)
High School Career
Booth played high school basketball at Mount Saint Joseph in Baltimore. While there, Booth was selected as the 2013-14 Baltimore Prep Player of the Year. He was also a first-team All-Catholic league selection. Phil holds the record for most points at Mount Saint Joseph High School.
Booth entered Villanova as a freshman during the 2014-15 season. He immediately contributed to team, and at the end of the seasons was named the Philadelphia Big Five rookie of the year.
During his sophomore year, Booth continued to contribute during the 2015-16 season in important situations. He scored a team-high 20 points in the National Championship game victory over North Carolina. He hit two free throws with 35 seconds left in the game. Booth averaged 7.0 points per game that season.
In his junior year, he was limited to three games and was forced to redshirt due to lingering knee pain. Booth suffered further injury as a redshirt junior, as he fractured his right hand in a game against Providence on January 23, 2018. He returned on February 21 in a 93-62 win over DePaul and scored 14 points off the bench.
After the injury Booth acknowledged that his offensive rhythm was disrupted by the injury so he shot less but remained a starter. In his redshirt junior season, Booth won the championship with Villanova for the second time in his career.
Phil Booth’s Net Worth and Endorsement
As of 2023, the rising basketball star, Phil Booth has an estimated net worth around $4 million. His significant source of earning is his basketball career as well as also adds good sum through endorsement deal with renowned brands including Nike.
Besides, Booth frequently visits the world expensive holiday destination on his vacations. Read also Oil Can Boyd
Villanova’s Phil Booth agrees to summer-league deal with Cleveland Cavaliers
Former Villanova guard Phil Booth has agreed to a deal to play in the NBA Summer League with the Cleveland Cavaliers, a source said Friday.
Booth, who was not selected in Thursday night’s NBA draft, led the Wildcats in scoring last season with an 18.6-point average and also topped the team with 3.8 assists per game and 95 made three-point baskets. He finished his college career with 1,507 points, 31st on the program’s all-time list.
The Cavaliers went for shooters in the draft, choosing guard Darius Garland and forward Dylan Windler in the first round and acquiring a pick from Detroit at the end of the round that became guard Kevin Porter Jr.
The team’s new head coach is John Beilein, the former Michigan coach whose team played against Booth in the 2018 national championship game and again early last season.
Booth and Eric Paschall, who was selected in the second round, 41st overall, by the Golden State Warriors, led Villanova to a 26-10 record last season.
Villanova Basketball 2018-2019: A Season of Growth and Goodbyes
Living In The Shadow Of 2018
Turning Expectations Upside-Down… Repeatedly
The Wildcats looked really good against Morgan State and Quinnipiac. Phil Booth and Eric Paschall were the unquestioned leaders we thought they would be. “The Finn” sure was pretty. That’s the complete list of things that went as expected in the first month of the season.
Seriously, November alone indicated that this was going to be an up and down season. Let’s start with the returning players. Dylan Painter was supposed to be an improved role player coming off the bench.
Then he started Game 1.
Then after only playing 11 minutes over the first three games, including a DNP (Did Not Play) against Michigan, he announced he’d be transferring. And that may have been the least surprising of the personnel surprises.
In that same first month, we saw Collin Gillespie (not a point guard) earn the starting point guard spot over Jahvon Quinerly (5-star point guard).
Quinerly (an expected starter) struggled with minutes and production, while Saddiq Bey (an expected red-shirt) proved to be one of the team’s best players and joined the starting rotation by Game 5.
Jermaine Samuels started three of the first four games, they averaged just 8 minutes a game for the next four.
Brandon Slater burned a possible red shirt with 9 minutes in the first game and only played 18 minutes total in four of six games for the rest of the month.
The inconsistencies with player performances led to a rotating door with the rotation, and that in turn led to mixed success on the court. There was the back-to-back blow out of Michigan and OT loss to Furman. That was followed by an early tournament title in Orlando over a ranked Florida State, complete with a surprising Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree MVP.
The pendulum swung back the other way with back-to-back losses to Penn (first Big 5 loss in 6 years) and on the road to #1 Kansas by just three.
Then Nova ripped off 11 consecutive wins including a record 10-0 Big East start.
Nova would close out the regular season with just a 3-5 record… to win the Big East Title and set up a run to claim the Big East Tournament Championship. If that’s not a mixed bag of results, I don’t know what is.
But the biggest test of this season’s expectations was reserved for Jay Wright.
He was taking on a number of new challenges that he hadn’t had to deal with during Villanova’s exceptional run in previous years. For the first time since 2014, the majority of his rotation had been with the program for two years or less.
For the first time since taking over at Villanova, he was heading into a season with only two players that had played more than 30% of the team’s minutes the previous season.
Despite the sophomores and Tim Delaney being on the previous year’s team, only Phil Booth and Eric Paschall had experience as major contributors at Villanova. It was a situation that would breed inconsistency, and Wright was charged with handling and overcoming it.
There were a number of factors, decisions, and players that contributed to the mixed successes of this season, and Wright certainly played a crucial role with all of them.
Despite coming off an immensely successful coaching run, fans were not shy about criticizing him for everything from player development to rotation decisions.
But in retrospect, a lot of those choices probably boiled down to one thing: preserving Villanova’s culture.
Preserving The Culture
To talk about Villanova’s culture, I think it’s important to start with the seniors.
Phil Booth may not be the first player you think of when talking about Villanova’s Championship run over the past five seasons, but he certainly is the connective tissue between it all. None of it happens without him.
He’s played more games in a Villanova Jersey than anyone ever has, and possibly ever will.
He doesn’t have the stats of all-time greats like Paul Arizin, Ed Pinckney, Kerry Kittles, Randy Foye, Scottie Reynolds, Josh Hart, or Jalen Brunson, but his impact on the program is no less important than any of theirs.
Eric Paschall also deserves a tremendous amount of praise as an embodiment of the foundational pillars of this program.
Our own Chris Lane put it best in a tweet, “Eric Paschallquietly redefined Villanova basketball.
A do-it-all silent assassin who could do any job asked of him. Straight up the beast.” And that just describes what he did for this team on the court.
I say all of that to get to Jay Wright’s telling quote regarding his two senior captains, and what they meant to this team’s performance and this program’s culture.
Thanks to our own Eugene Rapay for asking Jay what he said to his Seniors after the game, “Thank you for keeping the culture strong and the tradition alive this season, rather than go in for your own personal glory.
On behalf of the whole Villanova community, thank you.
On the court or off the court, they were gentlemen and leaders.”Think back to the end of the 2012 season when Wright made the decision to course-correct the program by finding players that fit what he wanted Villanova’s culture to be and not just ones that were highly recruited.
This quote is an extension of that call, and these players aren’t here to be thanked without the culture they helped to entrench in both the fans and future players.
That’s how important Villanova’s culture has become. And so faced with difficult decisions this season, it’s not too hard to see how preserving that culture was the primary focus.
Even if there were some unpleasant or possibly limiting outcomes, maintaining what had gotten the program to the top of college basketball was going to be the driving force at every turn.
It started with the early departures of DiVincenzo and Spellman.
Wright was looking at essentially an eight-man roster that only included four players who had even played one full season of college basketball.
He was going to need to augment that, but he also needed to stay true to his culture. That meant not grabbing the best guy, but the right guy.
Not accepting just for need, but also finding someone they knew would fit.
The answer on the experience side was grad-transfer Joe Cremo, who committed to Villanova just over a month after their 2018 Championship. The answer on the fit side was former NC State commit Saddiq Bey, who Villanova had been recruiting and was very familiar with.
While Ceremony has not produced on the court in the ways fans expected, he was a great culture fit and was quickly able to adopt the Villanova system.
Bey became the most impactful member of the freshman class and will be an important part of Villanova’s success for as long as he’s on campus.
Speaking of freshman success, playing time for the youngest members of the team was another tough decision for Wright and company.
In the previous six seasons, the freshman who had significant contributions (50+% of minutes played) in their first season were either coming off of a redshirt season (Mikal Bridges, Donte DiVincenzo, Omari Spellman) or would go on to win Big East Player of the Year (Ryan Arcidiacono, Josh Hart, Jalen Brunson).
The next tier of freshman that were more role players (20-50% of minutes played) in their rookie campaigns still got the court time they needed to develop and become key players in Villanova’s dominant run (Daniel Ochefu, Kris Jenkins, Phil Booth, Collin Gillespie, Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree).
The rest of Nova’s freshman (under 20% of minutes played) have frankly been either hit (Darryl Reynolds, Jermaine Samuels) or miss (Mislav Brzoja, Tim Delaney, Dylan Painter) due to injury or fit.
That’s a pretty even distribution of stars, role players, and toss-ups over the years, which is also what makes the minutes’ distribution this season so odd.
If the above formula proves correct, expect Saddiq Bey to be holding a Big East MVP trophy at some point in the next three seasons.
This year he played 73.3% of his possible minutes, the most minutes devoted to any freshman (true or redshirt) since Ryan Arcidiacono in 2013.
But Bey seemed to be the only member of his recruiting class to earn the coaching staff’s trust. Jahvon Quinerly (15.7%), Cole Swider (13.8%), and Brandon Slater (3.6%) all fall into the “toss-up” category.
Those numbers go down even further when you consider that they’re only counting the games they played in, not the eleven or more games each one of them didn’t play in.
Even Swider, who Wright said in a press conference had been the closest to contributing before he was sidelined with a broken hand, only got 17% of the team’s minutes in the games he played in after his return. Again, Wright sided with the culture of the program.
I don’t have any special insight to the team, but to the outside observer, it appeared that playing time would be earned by buying into the program and truly understanding the offensive and (more importantly) defensive concepts that Villanova ran.
I just can’t imagine that in such a heralded recruiting class, 3 out of the 4 didn’t show the coaches enough in practice and behind the scenes to earn more court time. That said, there were extenuating circumstances surrounding each of those three players.
Injuries seemed to curtail Slater’s development early, and then delayed Swider’s progression late. But the case that was simultaneously the most impactful and visible was Jahvon Quinerly. Quinerly’s talent has never been in question. His quickness and creativity were on display even in the limited minutes he got this season.
But buying into the program and understanding its concepts, that’s been in question all year. You know the stories: early struggles, infamous Instagrams, and questionable “DNPs” littered through the season all the way through to the final game. Regardless of how good or bad the team performed on the court, the Quinerly question was the underlying theme of the season.
Was Jay at fault for not giving him minutes to develop? Was Jahvon at fault for not buying in and picking up the concepts? Only those inside the locker room can say, and even they may need to see what happens next to know for certain.
The answer is probably a little bit of both, but I do believe that these decisions were made with the best of intentions for both the player and the program. At the end of the day, that’s a big part of what Villanova’s culture is all about. It’s a mix of what’s best for the program as a whole as well as the individual players.
It’s about having the right attitude from all parties involved to work through the rough times and become stronger for it. But possibly most important for next season, it’s about learning from mistakes. And mistakes… there were a few.
The End, The Aftermath, And Beyond
Ok, let’s get it over and done with. Saturday night was a disaster.
Take your pick, because there were plenty of mistakes to go around and no one was blameless. But the biggest problem, as it had been all season for the Wildcats, was the defense. When something that crucial completely collapses in every aspect, the blame needs to start with the coaching staff.
To his credit, Jay Wright put the blame squarely on his shoulders and was pretty candid in mapping out the defensive collapse.
“As a staff, we did not get our guys [prepared]. We tried to make them understand [Purdue’s] ability to hit threes and execute their offense with great precision. We just did not have them ready from the start.
And then once you get a great shooting team like that going, and then you’re over aggressive trying to take away those threes.
Then they start slipping and they get you on the inside, they get you with offensive rebounds, it became an ugly game. I just thought it began with their ability to get threes and our inability to recognize where their shooters were.”
see it wasn’t just the defense, but why continue to criticize players who either won’t be back or have an entire off-season to improve. If that’s what you’re looking for, the comments section of the game recap will surely scratch the itch.
But for now, let’s get back to Coach Wright. Next season Wright will have an even younger team, although he’ll have double the number of players that had significant roles on the team than he had this year.
We’ve already seen him make some mistakes with this freshman class, but again Wright has owned them.
Last week he said one of the things he learned this season is that just because something worked with Jalen Brunson and Donte DiVincenzo in their rookie seasons doesn’t mean that will work for these freshmen.
An early misstep in development doesn’t mean these players can’t recover and become key contributors, or even stars.
But this recognition on Wright’s part highlights one of his greatest strengths: learning from mistakes and making adjustments. Every coach makes mistakes, but it’s the elite coaches that learn and grow from them. We’ve seen this at the macro-level, most notably the 2012 course correction in recruiting.
We’ve seen this in game, making half-time adjustments and finding ways to get the most out of players. And we’ve seen this in the clutch, like allowing Daniel Ochefu to take over the locker room during the 2016 National Championship halftime.
Just like he preaches to his players, Wright is decisive even when those decisions may turn out to be mistaken. But he then owns those mistakes, learns from them, and adapts to make the team better.
It’s frustrating to see this team struggle, but at the same time, I’m hopeful that next season will be better given the track record of the coaching staff. That said, my hopes for next year may also be the biggest reason my mixed feelings continue into the offseason.
Either that hope will be rewarded by Villanova continuing a five-year trend and making the Final Four, or it leaves me vulnerable to watching the team I love struggle through another inconsistent season.
But that season is seven months away, and I’m left with some final thoughts on the one at hand.
At the beginning of the year, this team was a bit over-hyped and overrated, which led to the initial letdowns.
Watching them take two steps forward and one step back was infuriating at times, and Saturday night’s collapse was ultimately deflating. However, the pros from this season far outweighed the cons.
Jay Wright signed what might become the greatest recruiting class in Villanova history.
Collin Gillespie stepped into leadership and position roles that did not fit his skill set because it’s what the team needed from him. Saddiq Bey and Jermaine Samuels, two future stars of this program, took big steps towards realizing their potential.
Villanova won its sixth consecutive early-season tournament on the shoulders of Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, one of the best offensive rebounders the program has had in some time. The Wildcats won their fifth outright Big East Championship in six seasons, and a conference record third consecutive Big East Tournament Title.
And of course, we got one more year from Phil Booth and Eric Paschall, whose legacy and achievements will live on at Villanova forever. Regardless of the mixed emotions, we may have about the 2019 season, one sentiment remains the same. It’s a great day to be a Wildcat.