The 6-foot-3, 175-pound Mobile, Ala. native chose Bill Self and the Jayhawks over a final group of Alabama, Cincinnati, and Ole Miss. Philon, who is spending his senior season at Branson (Mo.) Link Academy, was previously committed to Auburn.
“I chose Kansas because my game can fit into their system really well,” Philon said to On3. “Coach (Bill) Self is one of the best coaches ever and I can come in and make a big impact for the team.”
In his own words, what type of player is KU getting in Philon?
“I would describe my game as smooth. Being able to drive and knock down tough shots. Also a player who can get it done on both sides and lead a team.”
Philon has a message for Kansas fans.
“To the KU fans, I would like to thank you all for helping me through the way and love you guys! You guys got a dawg coming to Lawrence soon, ROCK CHALK❤️💙”
The four-star guard had a strong summer playing for Team Thad on the EYBL circuit, averaging 13 points, 4.2 rebounds, and five assists per game during Peach Jam.
Team Thad Director Norton Hurd IV discussed Philon and his game with On3.
“Labaron was a great leader for us on and off the court,” Hurd said. “I enjoyed coaching him. I feel he is arguably the best point guard in the country in 2024 with his balance of creating for himself and others. He competes like no other and play both ends of the ball. He will do great things in college and beyond.”
According to the On3 Industry Rankings, Philon is the No. 31 overall prospect in the 2024 cycle. He’s also the No. 5 point guard prospect and the No. 2 player in Missouri. The On3 Industry Ranking is a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.
Philon Scouting Report
“Labaron Philon is a quick on quick lead guard. He has long arms and a projectable frame with wide shoulders. Philon has a quick handle that gets him into the paint. He can knock down a jump shot with three-point range and consistency. There is a confidence and a competitiveness with Philon. He needs to add strength as he has a slight frame. There is upside on the defensive end; he can move his feet guarding the ball and is quick to get into the passing lanes. There is a natural smoothness he has on the ball with an upside to continue getting better.” – On3’s Jamie Shaw