Julian Phillips, Forward, Tennessee
A gritty defender on the defensive end and a relentless attacker on the offensive end, Julian Phillips plays with a tenacity that will translate to the next level. An above-average passer within the halfcourt offense, Phillips was someone who the Tennessee Volunteers would run their offense through out of the high post on occasion.
Phillips is also impactful as a slasher on offense, finding ways to get to the rim and draw contact to force his way to the foul line. He converts on his opportunities once he gets to the line, knocking down 82.2% of his free throws this season. His free-throw shooting raises the question about the most glaring weakness in his game, which is his perimeter shooting. Only a 23.9% three-point shooter and a 41.1% shooter overall, the high mark from the foul line seems to indicate that Phillips should be able to at least develop into a passable shooter at the next level. However, this remains the clear area of concern for him going forward.