CLASS OF 2015 INTRO: TERRENCE PHILLIPS
By Matt Whitfield
One of the more intriguing prospects at this past weekend’s National High School Hoops Festival at DeMatha High School was Oak Hill sophomore guard Terrence Phillips. Phillips is not yet a known commodity in the recruiting world, but expect that to change in the future as he is the half-brother of former Oak Hill standout and current Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings.
“I’m a little different from Brandon,” Phillips told NBE over the weekend. “I’m not much of a scorer. I do the little things. I know how to take charges, get the rebounds, and just do the little things out there.”
Only a sophomore and playing on one of the best teams in the nation, Phillips played sparingly in Saturday night’s loss to Paul VI (VA). However, when Phillips did play you could see his confident demeanor on the court. Phillips, who measures in at 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds, made crisp passes and looked very poised on the court.
“That takes time growing up with Brandon…when I go against Brandon there’s no winning that one-on-one battle. That makes me a [better] defender and a better player [overall] and when I come out here it’s kind of easy,” Phillips responded when asked if he was always so poised on the basketball court.
As far as college interest, to his knowledge, only LSU has reached out in the early going, but Phillips absolutely feels he’ll be a high major player.
“Yes sir, I’m only a sophomore. I’m playing behind Nate Britt, who is going to UNC next year. I’m playing behind Ike [Iroegbu], who is going to Washington State and Sindarious [Thornwell] is going to South Carolina. I know what I’m supposed to do on this team….going up in practice against them every day I’m competing with D-1 guys that most guys don’t get to go up against every day in practice. I see all the jerseys in the rafters and it gives me motivation.”
Playing on a team that typically doesn’t feature sophomores Phillips is more than content. As he pointed out the last sophomore at Oak Hill was Pe’Shon Howard who was a sophomore when Terrence’s brother Brandon was a senior.
Brandon too thought the move to Oak Hill was good according to Terrence.
“My brother thought it was great for me to come here to mature and get better on my game,” said Phillips.
In the coming years more and more eyes will be on Terrence Phillips on the basketball court. And what better a place for him to perfect his game more than the school that has helped 24 players become NBA draftees!
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