Four-star floor general Robert Phinisee has made major improvements as a junior. The native of Indiana continues to get stronger and more athletic, while remaining a high IQ player who makes others better. With that a handful of colleges are making Phinisee a top priority.
“It is going pretty well,” said Phinisee. “We have learned from our losses and we are better team because of it, so the season is going well.”
He continued, “I feel a lot stronger. I have scored a lot of and ones this year. I am trying to stay in the weight room and just continue to develop as a player to help me translate to the next level.”
Phinisee lives only minutes from Purdue’s campus, and Head Coach Matt Painter watched him play this weekend.
About the Boilermakers, Phinisee said, “I feel how they play through their bigs opens up things for their guards and their wings. Also being close to home is a big thing, and I have a good relationship with Coach Painter and Coach (Jack) Owens.”
Also Indiana has had Phinisee on campus several times this year, and he likes the style of play in Bloomington.
“Positionless basketball is good,” said Phinisee of the Hoosiers. “Everybody can get out and go and they play fast, so I like that a lot. Also they have a great atmosphere there and tremendous fan support.”
When it comes to Butler, Phinisee likes the school and knows how he would fit in, “They say they want a point guard in 2018 who can play on the floor with Kamar Baldwin. They want me to continue to get better and tell me how I’d be a great fit there.”
One of the more recent visits for Phinisee was to Ohio State. The Buckeyes are in pursuit of a 2018 floor general, and Phinisee is one at the top of their list.
“I visited Ohio State when they played Northwestern,” said Phinisee. “It was a great atmosphere. I didn’t see much of the campus, so they want me to come back, but what I saw was nice. I talk to Coach (Greg) Paulus a couple of times per week, so it has been good with them.”
Also Virginia is making Phinisee a priority. The Cavaliers struck gold with current freshman Kyle Guy from the state, and now are trying to do it again with Phinisee.
“It was a great visit,” said Phinisee of Virginia. “My mom really liked Coach (Tony) Bennett. It is a family oriented program that moves the ball a lot. It is a great team.”
For now Phinisee plans to play through the summer with Indiana Elite before making any decision on where he will attend college.