Julian Phillips' Decision Could Impact Tennessee's Future

Julian Phillips is a 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward from Blythewood, South Carolina. He was a five-star recruit and McDonald's All-American in high school.

Phillips played one season at Tennessee, where he averaged 7.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. He was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team.

Phillips entered the transfer portal on May 11. He has been working out for NBA teams.

Phillips is projected to be a late first-round pick or early second-round pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. He has until May 31 to decide whether to stay in the draft or return to college.

If Phillips stays in the draft, he would become the latest one-and-done player from Tennessee. The Vols have had four one-and-done players in the past five years: Grant Williams, Admiral Schofield, Jordan Bone, and Keon Johnson.

Phillips would be the first Tennessee player to be drafted in the first round since Jarnell Stokes in 2015.

Phillips' decision could also impact other players in the transfer portal. If Phillips leaves, it could make Tennessee a less attractive destination for other players.

Phillips' decision will have a big impact on Tennessee's future.