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NCAA Basketball: 10 teams that should target Tennessee transfer Julian Phillips

Nov 24, 2022; Paradise Island, BAHAMAS; Tennessee Volunteers forward Julian Phillips (2) reacts after scoring during the first half against the USC Trojans at Imperial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 24, 2022; Paradise Island, BAHAMAS; Tennessee Volunteers forward Julian Phillips (2) reacts after scoring during the first half against the USC Trojans at Imperial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /
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Clemson Tigers

Although he played some of his high school at Link Academy in Missouri, Phillips is originally from Blythewood, South Carolina. So that would put the two power conference programs there in the mix. But after landing several forwards this offseason, the South Carolina is extremely unlikely.

Clemson would have a better shot, though they did land NC State transfer, Jack Clark a few weeks ago. They also have former Syracuse guard Joe Girard in the mix as well. The small forward position is technically open, as the Tigers have used three-guard lineups in the past. Phillips could slide in there and provide a big defensive boost as well while playing close to home.

Georgetown Hoyas

The Hoyas have recently added Kansas State transfer Ismael Massoud, who while being a solid get still has a career average of around six points. The only other true forwards on the roster are unproved UNC transfer Dontrez Styles, along with four-star freshman, Drew Felder.

This would be an opportunity for Phillips to come in and now only start but be a focal point of the entire offense. The only player that has a case to be better than him on paper is returning guard Jay Heath but the real selling point is the new coach Ed Cooley. He has a history of turning transfers into breakout starts, including another former top forward prospect, Bryce Hopkins.