Villanova’s winningest player in program history will continue his playing career in the NBA. In the early hours this morning, it was announced that Phil Booth has signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the upcoming NBA summer league.
Booth is going to have to work hard to earn a spot beyond summer league, especially with the Cavs. They have an influx of young guards, spending two first round picks this year on PG Darius Garland of Vanderbilt and SG Kevin Porter Jr. from USC, along with last year’s pick of PG Collin Sexton from Alabama.
But having to work hard isn’t going to deter Booth, who’s had to work hard for everything he achieved at Villanova. On top of that, he’s got a great development coach in John Beilein heading the organization. We’ve also already seen Ryan Arcidiacono take this same path to reach the NBA through the summer league and then the G-League. Booth may not have heard his name called on draft night, but he does have his shot at the NBA.