NOVA’S BOOTH BIG 5 PLAYER OF 2019, DEPARTING DUNPH TOP COACH!

By Phyllis Buckminster

Villanova’s Phil Booth has been named Big 5 men’s basketball player of the year, the third straight Wildcat to win the honor after season Jalen Brunson and Josh Hart.

Booth joined teammate Eric Paschall on the all-Big 5 first team, along with Temple’s Shizz Alston, Penn’s AJ Brodeur, and Charlie Brown of St. Joseph’s. Big 5 coaches and media members vote on the selections.

Fran Dunphy won Big 5 coach of the year in his last season as Temple’s coach. Dunphy also will be inducted into the Big 5 Hall of Fame at the April 15 banquet at the Palestra. He’ll be joined by former St. Joseph’s women’s coach Jim Foster, former Temple player Kamesha Hairston, former Villanova player Mike Nardi, former La Salle player Steve Smith, former Penn player Mark Zoller and retiring La Salle athletic director Bill Bradshaw.

Villanova’s Saddiq Bey, rookie of the year; Temple’s Nate Pierre-Louis, most improved; and Temple’s De’Vondre Perry, scholar-athlete of the year.

The all-Big 5 men’s second team has Temple’s Pierre-Louis and Quinton Rose, La Salle’s Pookie Powell, Villanova’s Collin Gillespie, Fresh Kimble of St. Joseph’s, and Penn’s Devon Goodman.

Penn will be honored as team champion after sweeping the Big 5 city series.

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