IU basketball recruiting: Indiana one of 2022 center Shawn Phillips’ final seven

Indiana is one of class of 2022 center Shawn Phillips top schools he said on Wednesday evening.

The 6-foot-10 Phillips announced his final seven schools on his Twitter page.  Along with Indiana, he included Florida, N.C. State, Ohio State, West Virginia, Cincinnati and Dayton.

Indiana has been closely involved for more than a year.  Phillips visited IU for their home game against Maryland in January, 2020.  The Hoosiers offered Phillips a scholarship in April, 2020.

Hailing from Dayton, Ohio, Phillips transferred from Belmont High School and now attends Ypsi Prep in Michigan.  He is teammates at the school with Michigan State bound wing Emoni Bates, the top rated player in the class of 2022.

Already listed at 250 pounds, Phillips is a big bodied traditional five that projects to be an imposing physical presence at the next level.

According to the 247Sports Composite, Phillips is a four-star recruit and the No. 84 overall player in the class of 2022.  He is the No. 13 center according to that same service.

With the expected departures of Trayce Jackson-Davis, Joey Brunk and Race Thompson all before the 2022-23 season, Indiana is slated to only have 2021 signee Logan Duncomb as a player capable of playing center on the roster by that time.

UPDATE:  Phillips spoke to national 247Sports analyst Dushawn London on Thursday about his final seven including Indiana.  He had this to say about the Hoosiers:

“They have been really consistent. They’ve been showing love and been right behind me since the beginning of my sophomore year. If they show love to me I’ll show love back regardless. Coach Archie is recruiting has been recruiting me pretty hard.”

Phillips told London that he intends to take visits prior to making a decision.

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