There were a number of heroes in the 2016 national championship game, from Marcus Paige’s unbelievable shot to tie the game to Kris Jenkins’s buzzer-beater to clinch the title. However, one unsung hero in the game was Villanova’s Phil Booth.
Booth had a great showing in the title game, scoring 20 points. He seems to be the replacement for the graduating Ryan Arcidiacono, but he will have to recover from surgery first.
The rising junior reportedly underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Wednesday. He will need 6-8 weeks to heal, but he should be ready to go for the team around the midpoint of the summer.
“Phil is as mentally tough a young man as we have had at Villanova,” head coach Jay Wright said in a released statement. “He continually impresses our coaching staff with his outstanding attitude. Phil will attack this recovery challenge with great determination, as he does everything in life.”
During his sophomore season for the Wildcats, Phil Booth averaged 7.0 points and 2.2 assists per game. He will certainly have a much bigger role going into the 2016-17 season.
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