Roberts Is All Smiles Watching Boothe Play

A look at the game of solid point guard Malik Boothe of Christ The King High School ...

While the crowd was roaring and the Royals of Christ The King were completing an incredible comeback, St. John's University head coach Norm Roberts had a big smile on his face standing in the corner of the gym located on the campus of Baruch College in New York City.

Roberts was taking in and probably dreaming what it would be like to have Malik Boothe, the solid lead guard from Christ The King, in his lineup. It will only be several more months before the dream become a reality. Boothe has already signed a letter of intent with the Red Storm and should be in the St. John's lineup starting next November.

For now, CTK head coach Bob Oliva has a few more months to enjoy Boothe's leadership and skills. Malik's floor skills are among the best in the 2007 class. And despite getting into foul trouble (including some fouls while trying to guard Lincoln star Lance Stephenson), Boothe played a key role in helping his team erase a 20-point deficit.

Boothe's nine points and several sparkling drives and dishes were a key in helping the Royals reverse the big disadvanage. And CTK showed its depth as a team when Boothe picked up his fourth foul with 53.4 seconds remaining in the third period. Boothe went to the bench for a few minutes but the comeback was well on its way when Malik sat down (the lead was cut to five points from 20 with Boothe involved).

The Royals comeback had a little for every player, including Boothe, who showcased his composure and unselfishness. Malik is a point guard that makes sure the ball is distributed first. When you have players of the caliber of Erving Walker, Ryan Pearson, Andrew Gabriel, and Sean Johnson, Boothe can pick and choose and distribute. "He's a terrific point guard," said national scout, Tom Konchalski.

Roberts was one happy head coach yesterday. And who can blame him?


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