What a year for Jordan Clarkson!
Oh yeah and Jabari Brown just kept right on scoring last night.
Highest NBA rookie scoring averages from Mizzou in order: Stipo, Clarkson, Jabari Brown, Peeler, John Brown, Chievous, Doug Smith, Sundvold— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) April 16, 2015
Fulford first got an idea of what Phillips could bring to head coach Kim Anderson's program during his time leading Huntington Prep in nearby Huntington, W. Va. Fulford served as head coach of the widely successful prep school for five seasons, posting a stout 138-17 record over his tenure.
"I had the chance to watch Terrence over the last three years, both as a coach at Huntington and here at Mizzou," Fulford said. "Coming to us from an elite program like Oak Hill, Terrence will be physically and mentally more prepared than most freshman in our conference."
Phillips finished as the all-time assists leader at Oak Hill, arguably the nation's most successful prep basketball program, in Mouth of Wilson, Va. He had 417 assists in his senior year alone while helping the team to a 47-1 record, the lone loss coming to Florida-based Montverde Academy in the championship of the national high school championship.
He scored 15 points, had nine rebounds and five assists in the championship game loss at Madison Square Garden in New York and for the season averaged 7.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 8.7 assists. He also earned MVP honors during Oak Hill’s appearances at the Iolani Prep Classic and Spalding Hoophall Classic.
Phillips will be expected to contribute immediately in the backcourt, perhaps as the starting point guard alongside junior-to-be Wes Clark, who mostly played shooting guard last season when paired with senior point guard Keith Shamburger. Tramaine Isabell, one of five freshmen who played for the Tigers last season, can also play point guard. VanLeer projects more as a shooting guard.
Since his season ended on April 4th Phillips has been working hard to improve his game. He will continue to work on all aspects of his game between now and early June when he reports to Mizzou for summer classes.
"I'm making a lot of shots," Phillips said of his workouts. "I plan on making 2,000 shots a week before I even head up there. I'm working on getting a lot stronger too."
With the departures of leading scorer Johnathan Williams III and seldom-used guard Deuce Bello, Missouri has three remaining scholarships available. The Tigers are in the mix with Martavian Payne, a guard from a community college, as well as several other transfers and unsigned high school seniors.
Phillips' pass-first game could add a much-needed boost to Missouri's ball movement. The Tigers averaged just 10.7 assists per game this past season, 297th in the country.
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