If it were possible, the 2017-18 edition of the Villanova Wildcats got better on Tuesday night. That’s because, per Jon Rothstein of CBS/FanRag Sports by way of head coach Jay Wright, guard Phil Booth has been cleared for all basketball activities.
Villanova"s Phil Booth (knee) has been fully cleared for all basketball activities, per Jay Wright.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) August 2, 2017
Best remembered for having a game-high 20 points in Nova’s National Championship victory over UNC in 2016, Booth played just three games in the 2016-17 season. His season was ravaged by a lingering case of tendinitis in his knee, causing him to watch on from the sidelines for a glut of it. The Cats, of course, won the Big East regular season and tournament titles last year prior to an unceremonious exit in the Round of 32 at the hands of the Wisconsin Badgers.
Now, though, Booth will get a chance to play in his senior season with a Wildcats team that will feature Omari Spellman, Jalen Brunson, Mikal Bridges and Donte DiVincenzo among others.
In his career, Booth has averaged 6.4 points and 1.8 rebounds and assists per game while shooting 42.7 percent from the field. One should expect an expanded role for the Baltimore native, and with that could come more buckets and added depth for a ‘Nova team that looks ready to go for an unprecedented fifth straight Big East regular season title.