“All of us are disappointed for Phil,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said in a statement. “He is one of our captains, and the respect for him among his teammates is off the charts. Phil is as mentally tough a player as we have had in our program. We know he’ll come back better and stronger from this.”
Booth started in the Wildcats’ first 20 games this season, averaging 11.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 28.2 minutes per game. His 2.5 assist-to-turnover ratio is second in the Big East Conference, behind only teammate Jalen Brunson’s.
A hero in Villanova’s 2016 NCAA final against North Carolina, Booth missed all but the first three games of last season with a left knee injury. Wright told The Baltimore Sun in October that he expected Booth “to be a big part of everything we do” this season.
“He is one of the most respected guys on our team and one of the most well-liked guys on our team,” Wright said. “He's a great leader. The guys just naturally follow him.”