Tennessee Basketball Recruitment: Five-Star PF Julian Phillips is committed to volunteering at CBS Sports HQ

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Tennessee received a pledge of the highest available prospect in the Class of 2022 on Thursday when Julian Phillips selected the volunteers over Auburn, G League Ignite and other collegiate and professional options in a ceremony at CBS Sports HQ. Phillips was ranked 18th in the final Class of 2022 prospect rankings released by 247Sports on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-8 winger from Blythewood, South Carolina is ranked even higher by 247Sports Composite, which ranks Phillips No. 12 overall and No. 4 small forward in class. His dedication catapulted the Tennessee Recruit class from 77th to 36th in the 247Sports team rankings for the 2022 Recruit class.

“I chose Tennessee because I have a great relationship with Coach Barnes, Coach Gainey and the rest of their staff,” Phillips said at CBS Sports HQ. “I made my visit down there a few months ago. The campus and everything is beautiful. I can do well in their system next year. That’s why I chose them.”

Phillips was signed to LSU before the Tigers parted ways with coach Will Wade after receiving a notice of allegations of multiple NCAA Level I violations. LSU released Phillips from a signed letter of intent shortly after their decision to split from Wade in March.

Although a native of South Carolina, Phillips played his final high school basketball season at Link Academy in Branson, Missouri. Aside from his five-star prediction billing, Phillips also has the distinction of being named a McDonald’s All-American. He is considered one of the top long-term prospects in the class by 247Sports Director of Scouting Adam Finkelstein.

Here is another assessment by Phillips from a recent Finkelstein play:

While most credible reviewers agree Julian Phillips is among the top prospects in the class, within the field it’s fitting that there are quite a variety of opinions. It all depends on your criteria, because its potential still exceeds its production. However, this potential is enormous. He has position size, skill, athleticism, and extreme agility. He shoots a soft ball and has all the physical abilities to be a competent defender. But he’s nowhere near a finished product yet. There are still too many games that end without him profiling himself to match his skills. Tennessee Basketball Recruitment: Five-Star PF Julian Phillips is committed to volunteering at CBS Sports HQ

Justin Scacco

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