(utsports.com) Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes has added another five-star prospect to the volunteer roster, as five-star forward Julian Phillips recently signed an institutional aid deal for attend UT.
Originally from Blythewood, South Carolina, Phillips currently attends Link Academy in Branson, Missouri. He plans to enroll at UT in June and aspires to major in communications.
Standing 6-foot-8 and weighing 200 pounds, Phillips is the seventh Five-Star prospect and fourth McDonald’s All-American to sign with Tennessee during the Barnes era.
“First of all, we love Julian and his family,” Barnes said. “He has the type of character and humility that we value in our program. When it comes to basketball, his versatility and his ability to impact the game in so many different ways is special. Julian is a three-tier goalscorer, which is extremely valuable in our system. Defensively, we’re very excited about his combination of length and athleticism, as it allows him to guard multiple positions effectively. We expect Julian to blend in well in our current team and have an immediate impact.
In the most recent national rankings for the Class of 2022, Phillips was ranked the nation’s 13th overall prospect by ESPN and Rivals and 18th overall by 247 Sports.
In more than 17 minutes of action in the 2022 McDonald’s All-American Game, Phillips scored nine points on 4-of-5 shooting, along with three assists, two rebounds and a steal.
Link Academy climbed to No. 3 in the final USA Today Super 25 2021-22 high school basketball rankings in April after the team compiled a 33-2 record and advanced to the championship game prestigious GEICO National Championships.
Phillips was his team’s top scorer in the national title game, tallying 16 points (33% of the Lions team total). He was trained at Link Academy by Rodney Perry.
Before moving to Link Academy, Phillips was a Class 5A All-State performer for Coach Zeke Washington at Blythewood High School in Blythewood, South Carolina. Prior to his junior year at Blythewood, Phillips had already earned billing as the No. 1 ranked player in South Carolina and the No. 15 small forward in the nation for the Class of 2022, according to 247Sports.
Phillips played his AAU ball with Upward Stars in the adidas 3SSB series.
A perfect fit for volunteers, Phillips’ parents, Kim and Chamberlain, both served and retired from the US Army, moving from Texas to South Carolina when Phillips was in elementary school so they could train at Fort Jackson.
Phillips joins incoming freshman guard BJ Edwards as UT prep signers in the class of 2022. The Vols also added graduate transfer guard Tyreke Key from Indiana State.
Phillips is set to become Tennessee’s fifth basketball player from South Carolina State, joining a roster that includes current wing Josiah-Jordan James.