St. John's Recruit Sets Pace In IS8 Victory's East Coast recruiting expert Mike Sullivan spent some time at IS8 in South Jamaica, New York watchign some league games ...

The pace of the game is very important in the game of basketball. And when you have a skilled, unselfish lead guard on your team, it is a big advantage.

Malik Boothe, the talented floor general from Christ The King High School in Middle Village, New York, showed these skills yesterday in helping Team Odom past the Queens Blackhawks, 85-42.

Boothe scored 20 points and handed out eight assists. He also had eight other passes that led to players being fouled for shots at the free throw line. In other words, Malik directed this offense very effectively.

Malik set up teammate Ryan Pearson for several baskets. Pearson had 18 points for Team Odom while Jamie Blanchard and Sean Johnson added 11. An impressive outing by Reggie Davis, who had 14 points, also contributed to the IS8 victory.

Team Odom led 18-14 after the first quarter and 37-20 heading into the third quarter. The game was blown open in the third quarter as Team Odom outscored the Blackhawks, 26-15.

Boothe smartly got all of his teammates involved and its a big reason why St. John's University went so hard after Malik. It's likely the recruitment of Boothe to St. John's will help with future recruits since Malik has the reputation (and rightly so) of being an unselfish lead guard.

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