Phillips wide open heading into winter

It’s been a long, meandering road for point guard Terrence Phillips, but the Oak Hill Academy product is making progress and has set his sights on a big senior season.

When I spoke to Terrence Phillips during the summer at the conclusion of the Peach Jam, the 5-10, 165-pound point guard was a little down given that his production and playing time had been uneven with CP3.

Fast forward a few months, however, and Phillips has regained his confidence and excitement about his collegiate future. Although he currently holds no offers, Phillips has been talking to a pair of programs.

”I’m hearing from Missouri and Loyola-Marymount right now,” Phillips said. “I have all five official visits left if I want to take them.”

Phillips may not have much occasion for officials anytime soon. Oak Hill plays a nearly 50-game schedule that will take them coast to coast and match them against some of the country’s other power programs. As such, Phillips already is traveling like a major college athlete.

He always has possessed a knack for inserting himself into the action. Phillips is a determined competitor whose most striking ability may be his defense. At last weekend’s Prep Phenom Showcase, Phillips dug into his stance and did a great job containing dribble penetration as well as ripping away steals. He has quick hands, lean strength, a non-stop motor and an aggressive attitude.

”Defense is my pride and joy,” Phillips said.

Although he has been criticized at times for his shot selection and overall decision-making, he didn’t force the action too much when I observed him over the weekend. He’s a good, not great athlete but is fairly speedy in the open court. He also is comfortable burying jump shots from medium-range.

If anything, it’s slightly perplexing he hasn’t received more attention. But Phillips is taking it all in stride.

”I’m a little surprised (by the lack of offers) but am a humble kid and just excited to be playing at Oak Hill,” he said.

Given Oak Hill’s slate of highly visible games, exposure certainly will not be a problem as Phillips progresses through his senior year. Now, he just has to be patient and take the next step in terms of attracting offers.

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