Phillips, who finished his prep career with for Dream City Christian (Glendale, Arizona), ranked as a Top 120 prospect in the 2022 class.
Phillips fielded plenty of offers; however, he picked NC State over West Virginia, Ole Miss, Ohio State, Maryland and Indiana.
— Joe Tipton (@TiptonEdits) April 18, 2022
This has been a brutal offseason for Kevin Keatts and NC State. After finishing last in the ACC, and missing the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight year, the roster has gone through a great deal of turnover.
Veterans Manny Bates and Cam Hayes transferred out of the program. The team’s two best players — Dereon Seabron and Terquavion Smith — entered the NBA Draft, although Smith will maintain his college eligibility. Senior hybrid forward Jericole Hellems elected to not use his extra/fifth year of eligibility.
Plus: 2023 5-star point guard Robert Dillingham decommitted last month, too.
Mike Summey, the assistant coach who led NC State’s recruitment of Phillips, wasn’t retained following the 2021-22 season.