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Basketball Recruiting

Top-30 junior Julian Phillips discusses his recruitment

December 30, 2020

South Carolina has had tons of talent come through the state over the past few years.

That doesn’t stop now.

Blythewood’s Julian Phillips is currently ranked as the No. 1 player in the state and is ranked in the Top-30 incoming junior prospects in the country. Currently standing at 6-foot-7 and weighing in at 180 pounds, Phillips is a coaches' dream and is a major upside prospect.

I watched him at the Battle At The Rock (virtually) event recently and watched him earlier on in the year prior to the COVID-19 halt and he continues to dazzle and improve his overall game. His recruitment has also seen major leaps in the past few months.

He discussed that recruitment with

Which schools are heavily involved?

“For starters, I want to thank the schools that contacted me and recruited me up to this point. I believe they have all done a great job in recruiting me, keeping up with me, talking with me. Schools that have contacted me probably the heaviest are Ohio State, Texas Tech, Florida State, Clemson, Wake Forest, Ole Miss, Kansas, Alabama, Iowa State, and Florida are probably the schools I talk to the heaviest.”

How about any newer schools to enter the picture?

“The newer schools that reached out to me closer to this time are North Carolina, Georgia, and Auburn.”

You recently zoomed with Florida’s Mike White, how did that go?

“The zoom with Florida, I think it went really well. They were just breaking down all that would happen if I chose to attend Florida, you know how I would fit into what they do, how their players go along with their day, dealing with school and basketball at the same time. So we were focusing on what the initial reaction would be like if I were to come to Florida.”

After that, you completed a zoom call with Wake Forest, how did that go?

“I think it went really well. I spoke with the coaches and the strength trainer and they were telling me how they would have me doing different things by the time I would come to Wake Forest, dealing with strength, different exercise, different rehabilitation things that would help my game and benefit me and progress my game for the long run. I think this one went well also.”

And how about the zoom call you completed with Ohio State’s staff.

“In my one with Ohio State, that one also went really well. We spoke with the coaches, I think that was my second one with them so just checking up on things like how everybody is doing, how the team is doing, still showing me what they could do that could help me and how I could fit into what the role they’d have for me if I chose to go there. It went very well also.”

Give me the personal scouting report on Julian Phillips.

“To describe my game I’d say I’m versatile forward that can play inside and out, rebound and shot block well, and I can defend the inside and out positions as well.”

Team and personal expectations for this season?

“The biggest one is to win, win a state championship, and be better than last season. There aren’t any personal goals, just to get better every time I step on the floor and just progressing my game and showing everyone I got better as the season is going.”

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