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2014 guard Phil Booth impresses schools with scoring ability

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – Although he plays on the U-16 squad in the Team Takeover AAU program, 2014 guard Phil Booth might be the best scoring guard in the D.C.-Baltimore corridor.

The 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Mount St. Joseph (Md.) is ranked No. 44 in's Top 100 and can really fill it up.

“It's been up and down, but I'm attacking the basket and getting my teammates involved,” Booth said. “I'm shooting the ball well.”

Booth has been handling the ball and initiating offense more during the AAU season, but he's still a scorer at heart. He has very good range on his jumpshot, and he knows how to get to the rim and score.

With his offense under control, he's hoping to get better on the other side of the ball.

“I'm looking to improve my defense,” said Booth, whose length should help him in that area.

Booth currently holds offers from Indiana, Villanova, Rutgers, South Florida, Maryland, Seton Hall, Saint Joseph's, Xavier and Georgetown, with Texas, Syracuse and SMU showing interest.

He said Indiana is coming at him the hardest – and he hopes to take a visit to Bloomington in either August or October. He has already visited Villanova and Maryland.

“I'm looking for a place I can see myself, on and off the court,” Booth said. “Also somewhere I can get playing time.”

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