But playing for D.C. Premier, which captured the championship after a grueling week of action, Develle Phillips earned numerous accolades and, more importantly, heavy interest from collegiate program.
"DePaul is a great school," Phillips told WeAreDePaul.com. "Chicago is a great city and I made my decision based on how it went. The environment was the biggest factor in my decision."
Phillips is a slender 6-9 big man who stepped up for Premier down the stretch of the Fab 48. While most everyone was exhausted by the week's final day, he continued to compete with energy and ferocity. He grabbed nine rebounds in the finale versus Louisiana Dynasty, proving to be a clutch performer who's willing to battle despite a current lack of strength.
He impressed me with his length and mobility, and he appears to have fairly sure hands despite lacking a polished offensive game. Make no mistake: Phillips will need time to develop his body — he looks trimmer now and just needs to add muscle weight — and adjust to the high-major college style. But from a tangible and intangible perspective, DePaul landed itself a proven competitor and winner.
Phillips became the first member of Oliver Purnell's Class of 2015 haul.