Terrence Phillips is a competitor. He doesn't excuse or dismiss poor play by his team or from himself, and he clearly wasn't happy with the fact that his squad failed to advance past the group stage at last week's Peach Jam.
"It was good that we got this win (over CIA Bounce) to finish five hundred," Phillips said at the event, "but we could have done better. I hate losing at anything, even if it's just me and my girlfriend hanging out doing something."
CP3 actually had to defeat The Family in a play-in game just to determine whether they'd make the Peach Jam field at all, so even getting into the event proved to be a meaningful victory.
In that critical contest Phillips performed very well to propel a comeback, scoring 11 points (4-5 field goals) to go with four assists, four rebounds and two steals, with only one turnover. There's nothing particularly flashy about his game, but he's one of the hardest workers in the senior class and has given total dedication to the sport.
"I think college coaches see me as someone who can run a team," Phillips said.
Indeed, Phillips caught colleague Brian Snow's eye last week as well based on that very observation.
His recruitment sits between the mid- and high-major fence. Phillips holds some offers already and may gain additional invitations by the end of summer.
"Coming into (Peach Jam) I heard from Arizona State, California, and there was a rumor that USC might be floating my way," he said. "I also have Drexel, St. Joe's, Western Kentucky, Dayton and Georgia State. St. Joe's, Western Kentucky and Georgia State have offered."
Phillips will round out his summer in Las Vegas this week.