PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Another frequent visitor to Comcast Center this past month was 2016 Clinton Christian School (Clinton, Md.) forward Develle Phillips, who the Terps staff scouted at the Reebok Breakout Classic at Philadelphia University.
Phillips, an athletic and long forward who runs the floor and can face and score, is up to 6-feet-9, 215-pounds. And he attended the Philly camp last year as well, when he began to get his name recognized more nationally.
Kansas State, South Carolina, DePaul, Cincinnati, Maryland, UConn, West Virginia and Texas, among others, are in touch. He said KSU, South Carolina, Cincinnati, Xavier and others have early offered. He said Maryland remains in touch and monitoring. In the game we scouted July 9 at Philly U, Phillips was active and hauled down seven rebounds, added two blocks and scored on a few hard finishes, put-backs and short jumpers, displaying his diverse game and ability to get up and down the floor.
"Going out to Maryland, it's pretty good," Phillips said. "It's a good time out there now and they are going to the Big Ten. And the coaches, Coach [Mark] Turgeon, is just talking about me just keep playing hard and keep my body right, stuff like that."
In pickup, Phillips went up against Terps big-men Damonte Dodd and Trayvon Reed, before he was injured.
"I did pretty well," Phillips said. "I almost dunked on Trayvon."
Phillips says he has no other college visits planned for the summer. He's got coming tourneys in Washington, D.C., Atlanta and then Las Vegas later this month as the July open period continues.
Phillips has lived in the area all of his life, but was never much of a college basketball fan until recently. He hopes to study psychology at college, which is one of his biggest passions off the floor.
"I think I am really good at reading people's body language and mind, and I know a lot of stuff about their backgrounds and stuff like that," Phillips said. "So it's very interesting to me."
Phillips will remain a local 'big' the Terps will monitor for the next few years as they re-load their forward positions in the next two classes. UConn got in touch just this past week.
"I will probably go back up there to play more pickup when I get back from the tournaments," Phillips said. "But face-up, over the top, and you know, just running the floor and making plays is what my game is about now. I feel like I am coming up towards the top of my game, so I am just working on trying to fine-tune everything that I do."
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