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2024 Top-30 guard Jamari Phillips down to 6 schools

Joe Tipton08/11/22
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Class of 2024 four-star shooting guard Jamari Phillips tells On3 he’s down to six schools: UCLA, Gonzaga, Texas Tech, Kansas, Oregon, and Louisville.

The 6-foot-2, 170-pound prospect out of Modesto (Calif.) Christian also received offers from LSU, Arizona State, Illinois, USC, Washington, and others.

The On3 Consensus – a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies – ranks Phillips as the No. 28 overall prospect in the 2024 class, and the No. 7 ranked shooting guard. He’s also the third-best prospect in the state of California. 

Phillips recently broke down his game with On3.

“I can shoot the ball very well, at a high rate and I can let it fly,” said Phillips. “I’m a good facilitator as well and can get my teammates open, help them get shots off and get them going. I can handle the rock very well, even under pressure defense and I don’t lose focus on plays. I kind of study the reads on certain situations. I’m a good, all-around team player.”

Jamari Phillips is known for being a shooter. While that is true, he’s more than that. He’s a quick, shifty guard that finds his teammates with fast, accurate passes. He’s a two-way player, with solid defensive instincts. One thing for certain is… Phillips isn’t afraid to let it fly, as he mentioned, but he can also get to the free-throw line.

Phillips talks UCLA being his dream school, Gonzaga

Out of the six schools on his list, the California native has only visited UCLA unofficially. As of this writing, Phillips doesn’t have any visits scheduled, nor does he have a timetable for a commitment.

“I grew up watching a lot of UCLA, Duke, and Kentucky,” Phillips said in a previous interview. “Those were my main three that I was watching when I was younger. The players they’ve had over the years, I always loved watching them.”

Phillips also said he had a dream school growing up, but says he won’t let that deter him from making the best decision.

“Yeah, it was UCLA,” Phillips said when asked about his dream school. “But I had to open up and keep my options open and see what’s the best situation for me.”

Why was UCLA his dream school, you ask?

“The reason why they’re one of my favorite schools is because I’ve always been in the LA area,” Phillips previously said to On3. “I grew up there before moving to Northern California. It’s just always been a school I kept watching. I’ve been talking a lot with Coach Darren (Savino) and Coach (Mick) Cronin. I just went up there the other day. I was talking to them before I left. They’re on me pretty heavy. I know Coach Cronin thinks highly of me. I can see myself going there and fitting into that situation.”

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are also heavily involved in Phillips recruitment.

“I started looking into them more when they picked up Jalen Suggs,” Phillips said previously. “I’ve been watching them pretty heavily. I like the way they run their offense and how they’re kind of a get-it-and-go. I got a little bit of family up that way so they could come down and see me play. Gonzaga is a good program though, I like them a lot.”