This week West Virginia Basketball Coach Bob Huggins announced the signing and addition of Tarik Phillip to the 2014-15 recruiting class. Phillip, a star guard at Independence Community College in Independence, Kansas, averaged 18.7 points per game.
Phillip was even named Jayhawk Conference Freshman of the Year and Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division Player of the Year.
On Wednesday, Brad Winton of JUCORecruiting.com joined WVSports.com Radio to talk about Phillip. Winton is the National Director of Scouting for Elite Basketball Services/The JUCO Recruiting Report, which is a coaches' only scouting service providing national coverage of junior college basketball.
Winton believes Phillip is a great addition for West Virginia considering how late in the spring it is.
"He's a combo guard, a one-guard or a two-guard. Getting a guy like that is really hard to come by especially this year in junior college basketball," said Winton.
Having the ability to play both point guard and shooting guard gives WVU as to how fit Phillip into their rotation. He can play either behind Juwan Staten in backup role or next to him at the same time.
"He distributed and passed the ball well, and took care of the ball for the most part," said Winton. "But, just because he is a good passer doesn't mean he has to distribute from the point, he can drive the lane and distribute from the wing as well. Passing can be beneficial from anywhere on the court. Versatility is important."
In terms of a scoring ability, Phillip can put the ball in the basket as well. At six-foot-three he is big enough to matchup well against most guards, who are smaller than Phillip.
"Phillip can score above the rim, he's got a solid mid-range game, and can make threes, but isn't a knock-down, dead-eye shooter from there yet," Winton said. "A defender can't completely sag off of him, so they have stay honest."
Phillip shot 55-percent from the field and 38-percent from three-point range.
Even though his offensive numbers were impressive, where Phillip probably grabbed the attention of Huggins was on the defensive end. Phillip is a solid on and off-ball defender.
"He can guard at 90-feet, he can guard a two and even be okay against a three," Winton added.
A bonus for Phillip is that he has three years of eligibility remaining. Most junior college guys only have two years to play once they get on a big campus. He has more time to develop.
At Independence Community College, it didn't take him long to pickup and thrive, which is a good sign as he transitions to playing in Morgantown.
"It's hard to get thrown into the fire, because being thrown into high-level junior college basketball isn't easy," said Winton. "He jumped right in though went to work and went at it. I think it's a good sign for his transition to the division one level."
Phillip joins Daxter Miles and Jevon Carter as 2014-15 signees for West Virginia.