McCutcheon (IN) High School 2018 point guard Robert Phinisee made unofficial visits to a couple schools over the weekend and is getting increased recruiting attention this fall.
Phinisee, ranked No. 62 nationally in the 2018 class by scout.com, visited Indiana on Saturday and Butler on Sunday.
The four-star nationally ranked prospect has been to IU several times and this was his most recent trip.
“They’re talking to me about getting better every single day, keep working on my game, how they believe if I keep working, I could fit in there and play right away,” Phinisee said.
“I think pretty highly of them. I don’t have a list or anything, but I think highly of them. It’s a great place to get an education, so they’re pretty high.
“It seems they really want me. It seems I’m a big priority to them. They were at probably more than half of my AAU games over the summer.”
The 5-foot-11 point guard had a strong spring and summer with Indiana Elite.
He has made visits to Indiana, Louisville, Xavier, Butler and Purdue so far.
He has offers from IU, Purdue, Butler and Virginia.
Phinisee was on campus at Indiana on Saturday and talked with IU coach Tom Crean, assistant Tim Buckley and the IU basketball team.
“It went well. I came down and talked with coach Buckley then I went and watched practice and talked with coach Crean and then went to the football game,” Phinisee said.
It was Phinisee’s first time seeing formal practice at IU.
“The versatility of their players,” Phinisee said was what he noticed immediately. “Thomas Bryant and OG (Anunoby), they’re doing guard drills. Josh Newkirk, he’s doing things at the five. No one really had set positions, so I thought that was pretty unique.”
After visiting Indiana on Saturday, Phinisee visited Butler on Sunday.
“It went pretty well. I went up and watched practice and talked to the coaches,” Phinisee said.
Virginia is another school of note that has been to McCutcheon High School this fall to see Phinisee.
“(Assistant) coach (Brad) Soderburg, he saw me in July. He was watching another player and saw me. About two weeks ago, he came to open gym then coach (Tony) Bennett watched me at open gym,” Phinisee said.
“They believe I’m a pure point guard, and they’re looking for a point guard in the 2018 class who can come in and play right away as a freshman.”
2016 McDonald's All-American Kyle Guy, who played for Indiana Elite, is a freshman at Virginia.
Phinisee said he’s not in decision-making mode, but he is paying attention to the schools recruiting him.
“I feel like if the time comes and that’s the school for you, you’ll know it, but I wouldn’t say I’m planning to commit anytime soon.”