Booth named to McDonald's team

February 15, 1993|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Contributing Writer

Dunbar High forward Keith Booth was selected to the 1993 McDonald's All-American High School Basketball Team yesterday. He is one of 22 selectees who will participate in the McDonald's All-American game in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, the weekend of college basketball's Final Four.

"It's great to be considered as one of the country's top 20 to 25 players," Booth said last night from his home. "A lot of hard work for four years has gone into it. A lot of credit goes to Coach [Pete] Pompey for giving me the opportunity to play since my freshman year and to Dunbar."

At 6 feet 7 and 210 pounds, Booth is one of the nation's most versatile players, averaging 19.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 5.7 assists for the Poets (14-4), ranked No. 2 in the area. He was a first-team All-Metro selection by The Baltimore Sun in his sophomore and junior seasons. In the preseason, he was an All-American pick in every national high school publication.

"I think it's certainly well deserved for him," said Pompey. "He has tremendous versatility and he's a good defensive player. With all the things that he can do, he can play at all five positions on the floor."

Booth is the third Dunbar player in the past two seasons to be named to the McDonald's All-American squad. Last season, Michael Lloyd and Donta Bright were named and participated in the game, played at Georgia Tech. Lloyd is attending San Jacinto Junior College in Texas. Bright, who is Booth's cousin, is at the University of Massachusetts, where is sitting out this season as a Proposition 48 freshman.

Booth has not received the score of 700 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test, which is necessary for freshman eligibility. Booth said he took the test again in late January and should be receiving the results within the next two weeks. Maryland, Duke, Kentucky and Towson State are Booth's final college choices.

Booth has been playing on the varsity since his freshman season, when he was a key contributor off the bench for a team that finished 22-4 and won the Baltimore City Public Schools championship. In his sophomore season, in which the Poets went 27-1 and finished ranked No. 5 by USA Today, he averaged 14.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists. Last season, Booth was second on the team in scoring (19.5) and tops in rebounding (11.8) in helping the Poets to a 29-0 mark.

"This is definitely one of the highlights of my career," Booth said. "I've played on two MSA championship teams and have a national championship ring sitting on my dresser. Even though this season has been a little down, we're still hanging in there, and hopefully, we can win a state championship."

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