The Gonzaga Bulldogs are in the top six for highly regarded 2024 shooting guard Jamari Phillips, who revealed his list to On3’s Joe Tipton on Thursday.
Phillips included Gonzaga alongside UCLA, Oregon, Texas Tech, Kansas, and Louisville. He had previously received offers from many other programs, including LSU, Illinois, USC, Arizona State, and Washington.
Phillips is a six-foot-two, 170 pound combo guard out of Modesto, California. He is the No. 28 overall prospect in the 2024 class, per On3’s composite rankings.
Phillips is an aggressive outside shooter and facilitator who has solid defensive instincts, and should continue to improve in that area as he fills out. He discussed two of his top six extensively with On3’s staff; including Gonzaga.
“I started looking into them more when they picked up Jalen Suggs,” Phillips said previously. “I’ve been watching them pretty heavily. I like the way they run their offense and how they’re kind of a get-it-and-go. I got a little bit of family up that way so they could come down and see me play. Gonzaga is a good program though, I like them a lot.”
Of course, being an LA area kid, Phillips wasn’t shy about admitting that he had a dream school growing up – and it’s the program you’d expect it to be.
“Yeah, it was UCLA,” Phillips said when asked about his dream school. “But I had to open up and keep my options open and see what’s the best situation for me…The reason why they’re one of my favorite schools is because I’ve always been in the LA area. I grew up there before moving to Northern California. It’s just always been a school I kept watching. I’ve been talking a lot with Coach Darren (Savino) and Coach (Mick) Cronin. I just went up there the other day. I was talking to them before I left. They’re on me pretty heavy. I know Coach Cronin thinks highly of me. I can see myself going there and fitting into that situation.”
This isn’t to say Oregon, Texas Tech, Kansas and Louisville are out of the running here, but it sounds like another Gonzaga vs. UCLA showdown could be in the works – and somehow Jalen Suggs could once again be a determining factor.
Andy hosts the Locked on Zags and Locked on College Basketball podcasts, and serves Locked On in a marketing/digital content creator role as well. He lives just outside Portland with his wife Jenna and dog, Tillie.