Philmore Holds Five Offers

Philmore stepped his game up a notch this year and picked up interest from a number of high major programs. The talented forward has a handful of offers and is looking to pick up more.

College coaches love prospects that play with lots of energy, and that's one reason Isaiah Philmore, of Bel Air (Md.) John Carroll, is picking up interest from high major schools.

"A lot of coaches say that I bring energy, passion and enthusiasm," Philmore said. "I hustle and rebound very well. I can post up big guards and if a big man is guarding I'm can dribble and handle the ball a little bit."

Thus far the 6-foot-7, 210-pound forward has interest from Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Louisville, Marquette, Auburn, St. Joseph, Virginia, Clemson, Kansas State, George Washington, St. John's, Rhode Island, South Florida and Central Florida.

Of the schools showing interest Virginia Tech, Marquette, Auburn, St. Joseph and Virginia have offers a scholarship.

"I'm supposed to be getting a lot more offers," the four-star prospect said. "There's plenty more schools that haven't offered that wanted to see how I was going to do in the A conference this year."

If coaches were truly waiting to see how he performed this season, then they were likely impressed. Philmore is averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds a game for John Carroll, who is 18-10 on the season.

"I think I've played OK," the four-star prospect said. "I could do a lot better. I could be doing more because we do have some losses. I'm not where I want to be."

Philmore spends majority of his time in the post at John Carroll, but he's hoping to continue to develop his perimeter game, as he eventually would like to play on the full time.

"A couple colleges told me I could do the three and four," he said. "Then others are saying that I could be a complete three, so when I go to work out this summer I'm going to work on becoming a three.

"I just want to be ready," Philmore continued. "I just want to work on my shooting and all of that this summer, so I can already be a three and be ready for my first year in college."

Philmore is hoping for another big summer on the AAU circuit, but first he has some business to take care of, as John Carroll has three regular season games and the MIAA tournament left.

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