Phil Booth capped off his 2015-16 season by scoring a team-high 20 points in Villanova’s national championship victory against North Carolina. In that game, he played just 25 minutes and was almost perfect. Booth hit six of his seven shots, including two 3-pointers, and all six of his free throw attempts. He finished the year on the All-Final Four team and a second Wildcats championship banner now hangs in the rafters. But, one season later, Booth was mostly on the sidelines as Villanova attempted to defend its title. Booth’s 2016-17 ended in mid-November. He started Villanova’s first three games, all victories, but was shut down following a 76-65 win over Western Michigan. He was diagnosed with left knee inflammation and would not appear again. “It was tough,” Booth said at Big East Media Day Wednesday about missing most of last season. “You want to be out there playing. Getting ready for games, not being able to put your jersey on, putting a suit on, was just a totally different experience for me.” Without Booth, the Wildcats registered a 32-4 record and won both the Big East regular season and tournament championships. Villanova was poised for another deep run after earning a one seed in the Big Dance. But, the Wildcats were upset in the Round of 32 by Wisconsin and sent home empty handed.
Phil Booth’s return provides Villanova with veteran leader, additional scoring option
Sporting News - NCAAB | Oct 20