Interest rising for four-star Booth

Phil Booth had a great weekend. He helped lead Mount St. Joseph to the Gonzaga D.C. Classic title, plus played well in front of a host of high major schools.

Phil Booth had a strong weekend at the Gonzaga D.C. Classic.

The 6-foot-3 guard helped lead Mount St. Joseph to a four-point win over Sidwell Friends in the event championship game. Booth finished with 15 points in the title game and was named to the All-Tournament team.

Booth, a four-star recruit, spends time on and off the ball for Pat Clatchey's squad.

"[I'm a] point, scoring point," he told "The one and the two, but mostly a scoring point guard, who also distributes."

Villanova, Georgetown, Maryland, Indiana, Louisville, Virginia, South Florida and a host of other schools evaluated Booth during the event.

According to Booth, Indiana, Villanova, Georgetown and Maryland have offered and are recruiting him the hardest. He also mentioned offers from Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Temple, Iowa and South Florida.

"Unofficially I've visited Georgetown, Villanova and Maryland," Booth said. "I haven't been to Indiana yet."

Booth, who said he wants to be an accountant when he stops playing ball, said he keeps in touch Mark Turgeon and Bino Ranson quite a bit.

"[They said] you're our guy and we want to make you a Terp," Booth said. "They want to get me on campus to see some games. They are saying ‘You're our guy and we are going to ride you out.'"

Indiana is also keeping in touch with Booth.

"Coach [Kenny] Johnson and coach [Tom] Crean," he responded when asked who he talked to the most at IU. "[They say the] same exact thing basically. They check on me everyday to see how I'm doing."

Louisville is one of the more recent schools to get involved.

"It's been pretty heavy lately," he said about Louisville's interest. "They came on heavy since the school year started. They've been coming heavy. They've been to practice and workouts and they said they are going to make some games."

Booth is ranked No. 61 in the 2014 class.

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