Leading up the season we are doing a countdown of the Top 100 players in college basketball. These rankings are based on a poll made up of 14 CPP writers. These writers span from UCLA to Seton Hall so there is very little bias. Each day we will release the latest player on our ranking with a small write-up. Be sure to check out the rest of the Top 100 articles!
Junior (red shirt)
2015-2016 stats: 7.1 PPG 2.1 APG 2.1 RPG (played only 3 games last season)
Why he is here
Phil Booth took a red shirt year last year after having a knee injury throughout the season and while Villanova won the Big East and captured the number one overall seed, his presence appeared to be missed in their NCAA Tournament game against Wisconsin. The year before Booth was a spark plug off the bench, his role was shown best when he scored 20 off the bench to help the Wildcats capture the title. This year with another year of experience and another offseason to get better look for Booth to be a key component to Villanova as they look to not only win the Big East but get back to the Final Four.
Role on this years team
This year if Booth can remain healthy he will likely be the starting shooting guard and will likely be asked to score for Villanova. Booth can also handle the ball well so you might see him taking the ball up, especially when Backcourt mate Jalen Brunson is not in the game. With both Jalen Brunson and a healthy Phil Booth, Villanova might have one the best backcourts in the country.
College season/ NBA Prospects
Booth has the potential to not only be a great offensive help but his defense will be helpful as he can guard bigger guards if need be. Looking ahead to playing in the NBA, its not likely that he’s going anywhere after this season, however if he can improve by his senior season he could maybe get drafted. There are not many places better than Villanova at developing players, from Josh Hart to Ryan Arcidiacono, players improve well in the system, if Booth can make those improvements there’s a good chance he can find himself in the NBA someday.
Be sure to check out tomorrow’s Top 100 player