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Sunday / April 21.
  • Top-100 power forward Carey Booth commits to Penn State

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    By SAM LANCE

    Class of 2023 four-star power forward Carey Booth has followed in his fathers footsteps by committing to play basketball at Penn State. Booth announced his decision via Twitter Wednesday.

    Booth, the 6-foot-9, 190-pound big man from Brewster Academy (NH) and the KC Run GMC AAU program, chose the Nittany Lions over Texas, Ohio State, Vanderbilt and Stanford.

    “Originally I was supposed to visit Ohio State and Texas later in September, but I kind of already knew where I wanted to go,” Booth said. “[My dad] was just telling me if I knew where I wanted to go, I should probably just commit. So I did.”

    Booth’s father, Calvin Booth, was a long-time NBA veteran and is currently the general manager of the Denver Nuggets. Calvin also averaged 15.3 points and 8.7 rebounds during his senior year as a Nittany Lion.

    “He wasn’t pushing me in a certain direction at all,” Booth said. “He just knew the background of the coaches and thought that’s where I would fit best.”

    Booth agreed that he would fit well in Penn State’s system. He added the relationships he built with the staff was a key factor in his final decision.

    Adam Fisher was the one who recruited me most,” Booth said. “But really my decision was heavily based around them and the way they recruited me, what they showed me and what they could do.”

    Penn State head coach Micah Shrewsberry visited Booth at his high school after the second UAA session. Since then, the two have created a great relationship.

    “I just really believe in his ability to coach,” Booth said.

    Booth is ranked the No. 90 player in the country, per 247Sports. He is the third commit in the class of 2023 for Penn State, joining three-star combo guard Logan Imes and three-star shooting guard Braeden Shrewsberry, who is the son of Micah Shrewsberry.

    “When I get to school I feel like I can help them win a lot of games,” Booth said. “My ability to stretch the floor and play both ways, defensively and offensively. I bring a lot of energy to game and I have athleticism.” 

    Booth is looking forward to potentially seeing his first football game at Beaver Stadium this fall.

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