DeMarcus also liked what he heard about the type of offense that Hoiberg plans on running.
"He told me that he wants to really attack on offense," said Phillips. "He told me that we were going to get in and go and really spread things out and attack on offense. I was excited because that is exactly the type of offense that I like to run."
Phillips also is impressed by Coach Hoiberg's resume.
"He definitely knows what it takes to get to the league because he played in the NBA," he said. "It definitely brings another level of excitement to the program in that he has that pro experience and that he's an Iowa guy and knows what it takes to win. He made it clear when we were talking that he planned on helping Iowa State basketball get back to the top of the Big 12."
DeMarcus also said that he was very relieved when he heard that assistant coach T.J. Otzelberger would be joining Hoiberg's coaching staff.
"It was great news when I heard that Coach T.J. was staying," said Phillips. "It obviously meant a lot because I have really built a solid relationship with him."