David Booth Returns to DePaul

Former Blue Demon guard David Booth has agreed to join the DePaul University men's basketball coaching staff under head coach Jerry Wainwright.

David Booth is returning to his alma mater as an assistant coach with DePaul. Booth was working as a scout for the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA.

Booth is the second leading career scorer in DePaul history. He played for the Blue Demons from 1988-92. David was inducted into the DePaul Hall of Fame in February. He has also been inducted into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame.

"David's experience as a player and scout at the professional level makes him a great fit for our basketball program," Wainwright said in a release. "David is a great role model and mentor for our players and we all look forward to him joining the program."

Booth is a Peoria native who starred at Peoria Manual High School. During his career at Peoria Manual, he helped the school to Class AA basketball tournaments in 1986, 1987 and 1988. He was all-tourney in 1988.

He was a star on the 1987 team that finished 26-0 and number one in the state going into tournament play. That team was a 61-59 upset victim at the hands of Quincy in overtime.

"This was a very easy decision for me to make in coming back to DePaul to join the basketball program," Booth said in a statement. "It was easy because I've been a part of the DePaul family for the last 20 years. My family and I are very excited to move to Chicago and I can't wait to start working with the players, coaches and administration."

David has run a summer basketball camp for youngsters in the Peoria area. His hire promises to bring Peoria recruiting to DePaul. Booth's brother, Derrick, is the head coach at Peoria Manual high school. Booth's addition to the staff along with assistant coach Tracy Webster shows that DePaul is now well-prepared to recruit the state of Illinois' top prospects.

David finished his career ranked in the top six in DePaul history in blocked shots, field goals, free throws, points and steals. He is second all-time with 1,933 points, third with 713 field goals, fifth with 165 steals and 444 free throws, and his 113 career blocked shots are sixth in school history.

Booth averaged 15.6 points per game during his career and led the Blue Demons in scoring as a sophomore, junior and senior. He led DePaul to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 1991 and 1992 and was named a honorable mention All-American as a junior. Finishing his career as the first player with at least 1,500 career points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 blocked shots, Booth was a first team All-Great Midwest Conference honoree as a senior and participated in the Pan American Games trials in 1991.

After obtaining his degree at DePaul, Booth completed a 13-year professional career, playing overseas in 18 countries on four continents.

David and his wife, Melissa, have three children, Mariah, 17, Sydney, 13, and Brandon, 9.


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