Coaches always love to have a true floor general running the show, and one of the best in the Midwest in 2018 is Robert Phinisee. The ultra-quick Phinisee has had a good spring and is continuing to see his recruitment pick up.
“I feel like I have been playing pretty good individually,” said Phinisee of the spring. “As a team we won the Gauntlet in Dallas and then made the Final Four in Atlanta, so I feel like overall it has been a great spring.”
When asked what he is working to improve on, Phinisee said, “I am working to get stronger in the weight room, and then also I want to be more consistent with my outside shot and get better as a leader as well.”
On the recruiting trail two Big Ten offers came Phinisee’s way early, and now two Big East teams are really picking up the interest.
“I have Xavier and Butler very interested and then I have offers from Indiana and Purdue,” said Phinisee. “IU and Purdue are basically at every game.”
Indiana was the first school to offer Phinisee, and he continues to build a strong relationship with the Hoosiers.
“I have a pretty good relationship with Coach (Tom) Crean and Coach (Tim) Buckley,” said Phinisee of Indiana. “Coach Buckley is the main one recruiting me and I like him a lot.”
He continued about the Hoosiers, “Also I like Indiana’s playing style and how they give their guards a lot of freedom. I think it is a really good school.”
While Indiana was his first offer, the school just minutes from his house is Purdue. Recently the Boilermakers have been making a strong push to keep Phinisee close to home.
“I really like Purdue,” noted Phinisee. “Just being home is great. I talk to Coach (Jack) Owens a lot, and they have picked it up a lot. Being close to home would be great, and the way they use their post players really opens things up for their guards which suits me well.”
While neither Butler nor Xavier has offered Phinisee yet, he says he has genuine interest in both schools and is hoping to make visits soon.
About Xavier, Phinisee said, “I know that they are one of the best teams in the Big East. Coach (Travis) Steele has been contacting me a lot, and I want to make a visit there in June to see the campus and get to know the program better.”
When it comes to Butler, Phinisee noted, “They are one of the best teams in the Big East as well. Coach (Michael) Lewis was recruiting me, but I have been talking to Coach (Chris) Holtmann and I want to make a visit there in June to build a relationship with the coaching staff.”
For now Phinisee is in no hurry to make any moves in his recruitment. He wants to play the process out and make visits before coming to any kind of conclusion.