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Villanova guard Phil Booth (Mount Saint Joseph) out indefinitely with hand injury

Villanova's Phil Booth is pictured during the first half of a game Saturday against Connecticut in Hartford. Booth is averaging 11.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 28.2 minutes per game this season.
Villanova's Phil Booth is pictured during the first half of a game Saturday against Connecticut in Hartford. Booth is averaging 11.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 28.2 minutes per game this season. (Jessica Hill / AP)

Former Mount Saint Joseph basketball star and current Villanova guard Phil Booth will be out indefinitely after breaking a bone in his right (shooting) hand, the school announced Wednesday.

The redshirt junior, the All-Metro Player of the Year in 2013-14, was injured in the second half of the No. 1 Wildcats' 89-69 victory against Providence on Tuesday night.

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Phil Booth scored a game-high 20 points in the national championship game in April. Now his eyes are on his junior season.

“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.

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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.”

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