Phil Booth has signed with the Washington Wizards per Don Markakus on Twitter:
Phil Booth Jr. will sign an Exhibit 10 contact with the Washington Wizards, according to a source familiar with the situation. It means that Booth will go to training camp with the Wizards, who then have the option to use the money they gave Booth to sign on a 2-way contract.— Don Markus (@sportsprof56) July 26, 2019
As explained above, the signing gets Booth to Wizards training camp, but does not guarantee a 2-way contract. Still, this leaves a G-League spot very much in play and once again gives Booth the opportunity to play his way onto the team.
The Wizards have recent experience with Villanova players. Daniel Ochefu and Kris Jenkins, two of Booth’s former teammates, signed undrafted free agent contracts with the Wizards in their first year out of college.
Jay Wright was quick to congratulate his former captain on Twitter:
Proud of @Philb_5 - we know Phil is going to take full advantage of this opportunity with the @WashWizards !! https://t.co/XxYaTAVjv0— Jay Wright (@VUCoachJWright) July 26, 2019
Training camp usually begins in mid to late September, so Booth will have some time to continue to work on his game and improve his chances of making it long term with Washington. But for today at least, he and the rest of the Nova Nation can celebrate the fact that yet another Wildcat has joined the elite ranks of the NBA.
OFFICIAL: We’ve signed guard and Baltimore native Phil Booth!#DCFamily | @Philb_5 pic.twitter.com/WKsVwFlcLP— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) July 26, 2019
OFFICIAL: Phil Booth is headed to the @WashWizards!! #NovaNation is behind you @Philb_5! pic.twitter.com/voUUdVbm93— Villanova MBB (@NovaMBB) July 26, 2019