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4-star forward Julian Phillips is trending up; his favorite school growing up was UK

Can the talented forward garnish enough interest for a Kentucky offer?


It’s never too early to start planning for the future, especially when young talent starts to show what they could become.

Julian Phillips is a 6-8 four-star forward coming out of Blythewood (SC). He just ended his sophomore season and has opened quite a few eyes with his play this past year.

So much so that Evan Daniels did a write-up and interview with him. Daniels asked Phillips about how his offseason is going, what he thinks he can offer a school and which team’s are on his radar.

“It’s going pretty good, I got a couple of offers during this quarantine thing so I think it’s going well,” Phillips said of the process. “All the coaches seem pretty nice and I like what they’re telling me.”

Phillips currently holds offers from Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Texas A&M, Iowa State, Nebraska, Wichita State, DePaul, Virginia Tech and Florida State.

His favorite team to watch growing up was Kentucky, and Phillips understands that their model produces results.

“Yeah, I don’t really have a preferred school that I would go to because I’m really open to any recruiting but my favorite basketball team growing up was Kentucky for college,” Phillips said.

“I just like how they play and some of the players that came through their program,” he added. “They put a lot of players in the NBA and ultimately my goal is to get to the NBA so I think coach [John] Calipari and their staff do a good job of that.”

Phillips is currently ranked No. 62 overall in the 247 Sports Composite Ranking.

While Kentucky hasn’t shown any interest as of yet, knowing that Phillips’ favorite team are the Wildcats along with his upward trend, John Calipari and company could come knocking soon.

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