After 2 years with NBA's Bulls, ex-Terp Booth to join BayRunners

Pro Basketball

November 02, 1999|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

BayRunners coach Herb Brown expects to get an extraordinary work ethic and a championship attitude with the signing of former University of Maryland and Dunbar star Keith Booth.

The International Basketball League team will announce tomorrow the signing of Booth, a 6-foot-6 forward who spent the past two seasons with the Chicago Bulls.

Booth won an NBA title in his rookie season, 1997-98, while playing with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.

"He really impressed me," Brown said of Booth. "He's been around Michael, and anybody that has been around Michael knows that he has to play."

Booth did not get much playing time his rookie year, but his role increased last season after the breakup of the Bulls when he averaged 3.1 points and 11 minutes.

He said he's looking forward to getting more playing time with the BayRunners.

"If my focus was to try to make an NBA club this year, I would have probably gone with the CBA," Booth said of the Continental Basketball Association. "But I wanted to get in a situation where I had the opportunity to play. The last few years in Chicago, I didn't have the opportunity."

Booth was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection as a senior at Maryland. He averaged 19.5 points and 7.9 rebounds, and the Bulls drafted him in the first round with the 28th overall pick in 1997.

"I know without question that I can play in the NBA," Booth said. "But sometimes you have to step back and look at yourself. I learned a lot from Chicago, from being there and not playing a lot to getting cut. I learned both on and off the court what I'm going to apply here in the IBL."

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