Tampa Prep SG Jaren Phillips has rocketed up the rankings, vaulting to No. 6 overall in the state in ESPN's latest list of top basketball recruits in the 2019 class.
Phillips, a 6-foot-4 junior, averaged 15.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists last season. The four-star prospect is the only area player listed by ESPN in the state's 2019 rankings.. Oldsmar Christian's Elijah Weaver is ranked sixth in the state for the 2018 class.
"Jaren already has a college body and that's what people like," Terrapins coach Joe Fenlon said. "With that kind of size, people are already what they can do with him once he gets to college. Now the challenge is to play up to that ranking."
ESPN's rankings had to be adjusted this week after Montverde's RJ Barrett, the top-ranked player in the 2019 class, reclassified to become part of the 2018 class. He's now third nationally.
Other local players ranked in the 2018 class include St. Petersburg guards Serrel Smith (No. 11) and Tai Strickland (No. 15) and Sickles forward Bryce Workman (No. 16).