Boothe Headed To St. John's

Malik Boothe is going to play in the Big East. The second team all-city performer ended his recruitment on Tuesday and went with the hometown school.

New York City is about point guards and Malik Boothe is a New York City point guard. He's also property of the city or as close to it as you can get. The 5-foot-7 Christ The King lead guard committed to Norm Roberts and the St. John's Red Storm on Tuesday.

"This opportunity just came along," Boothe said. "It was a winning program in the 80s, it did good in the 90s and these last few years it hasn't been good but it looks like they're on the their way back to the top and its in the Big East."

Clemson and Rhode Island were in pursuit but Red Storm coach Norm Roberts followed Boothe along doggedly all summer long, showing the program's commitment to the guard.

Roberts will to land Boothe was second only to the toughness that the CTK standout brings to the court. Without question his top attribute is his approach to the game. That mentality might lead other New Yorkers to come along and join him.

"If they already look tough then me and my tough minded mentality might bring some more guys to the program," Boothe said. "I don't back down. It's my will to not get pushed around.

"The biggest thing is that I'm a natural born leader. Me being the point guard, the ball is in my hand most of the time and I just have to be able to be the coach on the court so my coach doesn't have to say anything."

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