Nov. 15, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - A pair of skilled perimeter players have signed national letters of intent to attend Villanova, it was announced today. Guard Phil Booth Jr. of Mount St. Joseph High School (Maryland) and Mikal Bridges of Great Valley High School (Pa.) will both enroll in the fall of 2014.
"We're thrilled to officially welcome Phil and Mikal to the Villanova family," stated head coach Jay Wright.
Booth is a 6-2 guard who averaged 17 points, eight assists and seven rebounds as a junior at Mount St. Joseph's in 2012-13 and was named first team All-Baltimore Catholic League. He is listed among espn.com's top 100 seniors in the class of 2014 (No. 93). The Booth family has roots in Philadelphia as Phil Booth Sr. is a native of the city who played at Northeast High School in the city before playing college basketball at Coppin State University.
"Phil Booth comes from a great basketball family," stated Wright. "Phil is a classic Villanova guard and an outstanding student. We feel he is very well prepared for our style of play. Coach (Pat) Clatchey has done a great job with guards. We are excited to have an outstanding player from a prestigious program on board."
Bridges, 6-7, who attends Great Valley High School in nearby Malvern, Pa., is also ranked among in the espn.com list of the top 100 seniors (No. 82). As a junior he averaged 20 points and eight rebounds per contest for a unit that finished with a 28-4 record.
"Mikal is a multi-talented perimeter player that can play a lot of positions for us," noted Wright. "We're proud to welcome him and his family to the Nova Nation. He plays for a great coach in Jim Nolan and will be well prepared for the college game."