Last week, Missouri received a verbal commitment from 2015 PG prospect Terrence Phillips 5’11” 180 Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill Academy. Phillips recently spoke with ShowMeMizzou.com, and he talked about coming to Missouri, and how he sees himself fitting in with the Tigers.
“When I got to Missouri on my visit, the love from the fans, the energy and love from the staff, you know, I thought it was a great fit,” explained Phillips. “And then, the players they’ve got coming back next year, it’s going to be a young group. I think we’re going to be good next year with a few more guys in there…………………………………………. I love the conversations that Coach Anderson and I have been having, and the relationship we’ve been building……………………………………. I thought Missouri would be a great fit for me.”
In the end, Phillips, who is from the Los Angeles area, chose Missouri over hometown favorite Loyola Marymount, and many other schools, including Arizona State, Georgia, and USC, among others, who had shown interest in the talented point guard.
Phillips is the younger brother of current NBA point guard, and former Oak Hill Academy star, Brandon Jennings. He used to tag along with his older brother, and as he got older, they would even let him play. He took over the starting point guard duties at Oak Hill early in his junior season, and since then, he’s been launching an assault on the school’s career assist record. This year, Phillips is averaging 8 points and 8 assists per game for the 23-0 Warriors. He said that he’s shooting over 80% from the free throw line.
“By the end of the year,” explained Phillips, “I should be the all-time career leader at Oak Hill in assists.”
Phillips described his game by saying, “I pass the ball.”
“I attack when I need to,” continued Phillips. “As the point guard, I have the ball in my hand 95% of the time, so I can shoot at will. But I know that once I get my guys involved, it makes my job a lot easier, as far as running the team. Getting guys involved early gets them going, and it gets our team going. Then, we can get out and run. That’s where I get most of my assists. ”
Phillips said that he can score, but that getting his teammates involved has been working pretty well.
He also said that he likes to run pick-and-roll.
“Pick and roll is the hardest thing to guard in any level of basketball,” explained Phillips. “So creating shots for my guys is what I love to do. That’s what gets me going. Most guys would like to score 40. I’d rather have 15 assists.”
And, he said that he takes great pride in his defense.
“I can change a game around with my defense,” said Phillips. “Whether it be one are two steals, or just causing havoc with my pressure. That’s what I take the most pride in more than anything.”
Phillips and the Warriors will be playing in Springfield MO at the Bass Pro Tournament January 15-17.