The state’s top basketball prospect has found a home. Cade Phillips, the four-star standout from Jacksonville, announced his commitment to Tennessee on Thursday afternoon.
The 6-foot-9 forward, 200-pound forward was listed as 2023′s 78th-ranked player, per 247Sports Composite. He was also the 14th-rated power forward. He never released a top schools list but held offers from Alabama, Georgia, Memphis and others. He visited Tuscaloosa along with two trips to Knoxville, his most recent being last November.
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John David Phillips, his father, was a quarterback for the Crimson Tide in the late-90s. So was his uncle, Brodie Croyle. Reagan Croyle Phillips, his mother, played for Alabama’s basketball team. Last year, Phillips transferred to Jacksonville from Westbrook Christian. The Phillips family has long had ties to Calhoun.
A foot injury derailed part of Phillips ‘junior season, but Phillips was able to return and propel the 4A squad to a 27-5 record and the first state title in the Golden Eagles’ program. Primarily a defender, he blocked 109 shots and averaged 13.2 points and 8.2 rebounds a game.
From 247Sports recruiting analyst Brandon Jenkins: “He gets off the floor extremely well and utilizes his great length to extend and play above the rim with malicious intent. He has great athleticism and is always aggressive in trying to tip dunk offensive rebounds. With him being light on his feet, he runs the floor hard and extremely well and his bouncy athleticism allows for him to be all over the rim at any given chance. Phillips still has ways to go in terms of developing his offensive skillset, but he is one of the best there is in the 2023 national class with his basket protection and rim-running game. ”
Nick Alvarez is a reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter nick_a_alvarez or email him at NAlvarez@al.com.