Julian Phillips

Updated on 6/28/23.  Written by Alan Lu.
2023 rankings were finalized on 6/22/23.

Height: 6-8
Weight: 195
College: Tennessee
Classification: Freshman
Birthdate: 11/5/2003

2023 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 42
Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round
2023 NBA Draft: Round 2, Pick 35 by the Boston Celtics
(Rights traded to the Chicago Bulls)

Pros:

Excels at scoring on off-ball motion plays
Decent playmaker
Decent rebounder for his size
Adequate defender
Very good athlete

Cons:

Needs to improve his shooting
Lacks an elite first step off the dribble
Unselfish to a fault
Can be too passive on offense
Can have lapses defensively

Summary:

Julian Phillips is a very athletic, energetic swingman that excels at making hustle plays to help his team on both ends of the floor.  Initially thought to be of the 3 and D mold as a prospect for the NBA, Phillips seems to be much more of a prospect that may project into a defensive specialist role than as a 3 and D player at the NBA level.

He played well at the 2022 McDonald’s All-American game. He really struggled with his jump shot this past season at Tennessee and was too passive at times on offense, but he’s a high-flyer that has drawn free throws at a tremendous rate. Currently, he projects to be a second round prospect for the 2023 draft.

Links:
RealGM Profile
NBADraft.Net Profile
Tennessee Basketball Bio
ESPN’s Early 2023 NBA Mock Draft

Games Scouted:
3/29/22 2022 McDonald’s All-American Game
4/2/22 Link Academy vs. Montverde Academy
3/18/23 Tennessee vs. Duke

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