Dunbar star Booth passes SAT with 740

February 26, 1993|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Contributing Writer

As the only returning starter from last season's national championship team, Dunbar forward Keith Booth has had to carry many burdens.

But a big one has been lifted.

Booth has exceeded the minimum score of 700 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test, which is necessary for freshman eligibility. He took the test for a third time in late January and received the results Tuesday.

"It's a big relief," said Booth, who received a score of 740. "I was confident that I would pass, but it was starting to bother me a little. Now, that's done and the next thing is winning a state

championship."

Dunbar coach Pete Pompey said: "I feel good for him, but I knew he was going to get them. It was only a matter of time. This is a burden off of his shoulders. The hardest part for him now is to choose a college."

Last season, Dunbar All-Americans Michael Lloyd and Donta Bright failed to score 700 on the SAT. Lloyd is playing at San Jacinto Junior College in Texas and Bright is sitting out as a Proposition 48 freshman at the University of Massachusetts.

"We have had 23 out of the last 28 players pass the SAT," said Pompey. "Everybody blew it out of proportion when Mike and Donta didn't receive their scores."

Booth has narrowed his choice for college to Maryland, Kentucky, Duke and Towson State. He said he has no favorite, and he plans to take his official visits to the campuses at the end of the MPSSAA state tournament. Booth said he will announce his decision in April during the final signing period.

This week he was named to the second team of Parade's All-America basketball team, which will appear in Sunday's Parade in The Baltimore Sun.

"It's a great honor to be recognized as one of the top players in the country," Booth said. "It just shows that the hard work that I've put in for the past four years has paid off and, hopefully, I can continue that in college."

Booth wasn't disappointed that he was a second-team selection. "I don't get caught up in what is said in those publications," he said. "Sometimes all the attention a player receives on the high school level becomes the opposite on the college level. I hopefully can be successful on that level."

Booth is averaging 20.9 points, 9.8 rebounds and 5.9 assists for the 16-4 Poets, who are ranked No. 1 in the area. In the preseason, he was an All-America pick in every national high school publication.

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 title.

In his sophomore season, he averaged 14.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists as the Poets went 27-1 and finished ranked No. 5 by USA Today. Last season, he was second on the team in scoring (19.5) and tops in rebounding (11.8) in helping the Poets to a 29-0 record.

"He's another in the long line of great Dunbar players," said Pompey. "He works hard and takes pride in his work. Since the ninth grade, he has developed and prepared to be an All-American."

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