Tennessee forward Julian Phillips, former five-star prospect, plans to enter NCAA Transfer Portal

On3 imageby:Andrew Graham05/10/23


After one season playing for Tennessee, Class of 2022 five-star small forward Julian Phillips plans to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal. Phillips has three years of eligibility remaining.

Phillips will enter the portal while also taking part in the 2023 NBA Draft Combine. He’s testing his NBA draft stock while retaining college eligibility. This allows him to come back to Tennessee, or, as his portal entrance shows, elsewhere.

Phillips played in 32 games for Tennessee as a true freshman, starting 25. He averaged a shade more than 24 minutes per game and added 8.3 points per game to boot. And at 6-foot-8, he was an effective rebounder, grabbing 4.7 boards a game.

Phillips played his final prep season at Link Year (Mo.) Prep, where he was a five-star-plus prospect. He was the No. 13 overall recruit in the 2022 cycle, according to the On3 Industry Ranking, a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.

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Transfer portal background information

The NCAA Transfer Portal, which covers every NCAA sport at the Division I, II and III levels, is a private database with names of student-athletes who wish to transfer. It is not accessible to the public.

The process of entering the portal is done through a school’s compliance office. Once a player provides written notification of an intent to transfer, the office enters the player’s name in the database and everything is off and running. The compliance office has 48 hours to comply with the player’s request and that request cannot be refused.

Once a player’s name shows up in the portal, other schools can contact the player. Players can change their minds at any point and withdraw from the portal. However, once a player enters the portal, the current scholarship no longer has to be honored. In other words, if a player enters the portal but decides to stay, the school is not obligated to provide a scholarship anymore.

The database is a normal database, sortable by a variety of topics, including (of course) sport and name. A player’s individual entry includes basic details such as contact info, whether the player was on scholarship and whether the player is transferring as a graduate student.

A player can ask that a “do not contact” tag be placed on the report. In those instances, the players don’t want to be contacted by schools unless they’ve initiated the communication.

The portal has been around since Oct. 15, 2018 and the new calendar cycle within the portal begins each August. For example, the 2021-22 cycle started Aug. 1. During the 2020-21 cycle, 2,626 FBS football players entered the transfer portal (including walk-ons). That comes after 1,681 entered during the 2019-20 cycle and 1,709 during the abbreviated 2018-19 cycle. In comparison, 1,833 Division I basketball players entered the portal during the 2020-21 cycle after totals of 1,020 in 2019-20 and 1,063 in 2018-19.