NY Point Guard high on Pitt

The University of Pittsburgh's Associate Head Basketball Coach Barry Rohrssen is widely known as a recruiting ace. Due to his strong connections in New York City, the Panthers have amassed a phenomenal basketball roster littered with some of the top talent in the Big Apple. The PantherDigest.com talks with a blue-chip point guard interested in the Panthers.

"Malik is going to attract attention from schools throughout the Big East and ACC," stated Christ the King High School (Brooklyn, NY) Head Basketball Coach Bob Oliva. He was referring to his star point guard Malik Boothe (5-foot-8 ½ inches, 170 pounds).

"Malik is slightly over 5 foot 8 inches tall. He's a pass first, shoot second point guard. Malik is a leader on the court and he's excellent at distributing the ball. Despite his size, he's a tough and physical defender. When we need to shut down a team's top scorer, we count on him to do it."

Coach Oliva stated that Pitt, St. John's and Seton Hall have been evaluating Boothe. He mentioned that the Panthers are keeping a close eye on Malik's teammate Andrew Gabriel (6-foot-5 inches, 205 pounds). Gabriel is considered one of the better 2007 small forwards in New York City.

"I like Pittsburgh. They have done a good job this year," stated Boothe. "They were able to step it up and surprise a lot to teams in the Big East this year. I like them and I could see myself playing there."

"I'm still open but I want to go to a winning basketball program that will offer me playing time. I'm a pure leader on and off the court. I think I bring a lot to a team."

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at harrypsaros@msn.com.

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