Happy Tuesday Nova Nation! For the past few days our dear friend Chris Lane has been making the case for Phil Booth as Big East Player of the Year. Most people agree he’s at worst a contender, but not everyone thinks his current production is sustainable.
That’s understandable, right now Booth is putting up some crazy numbers especially behind the arc. So far through seven Big East conference games he’s shooting 48.3% from deep, an absolutely crazy efficiency. That’s hard to keep up for eight games, let alone half a season. In fact, the last Villanova player to shoot over 48% from three for an entire year was... Phil Booth.
Back in his freshman season, Booth shot 48.5% from behind the arc over the full season. Granted, his role was much smaller then, and his total shots on the year were just a few more than he’s taken in conference play this season. But that was also the last time we saw a fully healthy Booth for an entire season.
His sophomore and redshirt seasons were hampered by a leg injury. Last year he missed several games with a broken hand. But now Booth is not only healthy, he’s been given full control of the offense and has the green light to do pretty much whatever he wants within Villanova’s system. We’re seeing a new level of aggresiveness from Booth paired with his calling card efficiency and grit. The results have been nothing short than phenomenal, although not entirely unexpected.
In other words we’re not seeing Phil Booth play above his head, we’re seeing him return to form. Look out Big East!
In other “news”, Jay Wright is proving he’s a great coach in a whole new way, Nova jumps up in the rankings, and Phil Booth is a baaaaad man! Enjoy!
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