A Philadelphia native, Phil Booth Sr., remembers celebrating in the city’s streets after Villanova won the 1985 men’s basketball national championship.
Three decades later, the Wildcats have given Booth Sr. another cause for celebration: his son, Mount St. Joseph senior guard Phil Booth Jr., has committed to play for the Wildcats after his upcoming season.
“Where I came from, you couldn’t afford to go to Villanova,” Booth Sr. said. “I never thought in my wildest dreams that my son would go play at Villanova.
“It’s kind of a full circle. Philly has always been home.”
Added Booth Jr.: “I think it’s a great city. The people from that area have a lot of pride, so...