Tennessee Makes Top Four For Five-Star Forward

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    Five-star forward Julian Phillips released his top four on his Twitter Wednesday. Tennessee, LSU, Florida State and USC made the top group for the South Carolina native.

    The 6-foot-8, 200 pound power forward ranks as the nation’s 15th best player and second best power forward according to the 247sports composite rankings.

    Phillips is coming off an official visit to Tennessee this past weekend, his fifth college visit since the NCAA opened up on campus visits in June.

    Phillips went on visits to Clemson, Wake Forest, LSU and Florida State in June before visiting USC and Tennessee in September.

    The talented forward’s top four cuts comes almost two months after releasing his top 10. In addition to his top four schools, Alabama, Kansas, UCLA, Clemson, Florida and Virginia made his top 10.

    Phillips impresses with his athleticism and ability to handle the basketball.

    The blue-chip recruit is from South Carolina but plays his prep basketball in Missouri at Link Year Prep School.

    B.J. Edwards is the Vols’ only commit in the 2022 class, but Tennessee is in deep for a number of blue chip prospects.

    Just this week, Tennessee made the top three for five-star small forward Dillon Mitchell. Mitchell visited Tennessee in June the same weekend Edwards did. Still, it will be a major challenge for Rick Barnes and his staff to beat out instate FSU.

    The Vols are also in the top four for five-star guard Cason Wallace. Wallace would be the highest rated commit since Barnes has been at Tennessee, ranking a spot ahead of Kennedy Chandler according to 247sports. The Texas native will make his college decision on Nov. 7.

    Tennessee is two days into their preseason practice as the season is less than six weeks away. Justin Powell impressed Wednesday as the new look Vols try to mesh. You can view highlights from Tennessee’s second practice here.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.