For the two major sports at Missouri, the first week of June marks the arrival on campus of most of the incoming freshmen class. ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with one such new basketball arrival, 5’11” 185-pound PG Terrence Phillips of Irvine (CA), who recently graduated from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson (VA) with that school’s career assist record, and who has shown promise enough to make me think that he can be an impact freshman for the Tigers this year.
Phillips is part of an incoming class that features four freshmen and a pair of junior-college transfers. All four of the freshmen, and certainly both of the junior-college players, appear likely to enter the mix right away for playing time, some maybe more significantly, on what is already a young team. And while the fortunes of this upcoming season may rest more on the development of the returning players, and their improved performance, it appears to me that Phillips has the potential to make a difference in his first season at Missouri.
The talented point guard took a few minutes to visit with ShowMeMizzou.com, and what he had to say, as well as how he plays the game, makes me think that Missouri got a good one in Phillips.
Phillips told ShowMeMizzou.com that he’ll be at Mizzou on June 5th.
“I’m excited to come to Missouri,” said Phillips. “I’m excited to bring energy to the campus, and to the basketball program.”
Phillips wanted Missouri fans to know that he’s all in on Mizzou.
“With me, you’re getting more than just a kid who likes basketball, and loves the game,” explained Phillips. “You’re getting a kid who’s really going to support all the Missouri sports as much as I can.”
True to his statement, Phillips showed up at the Missouri vs. UCLA softball super-regional to support his fellow Missouri athletes.
Phillips said that he’s really looking forward to getting started at Mizzou. He said that he really likes Coach Anderson, and that he likes the Missouri players. His goal is to come in and do whatever he can to help the team win.
“My goal is to go in there and start, you know, and lead that team,” explained Phillips. “But at the same time, I don’t mind coming off the bench, because at the end of the day, it’s all about winning. It’s about how you can contribute to that winning effort.”