FAYETTEVILLE Cedar Hill, Texas, basketball standout Jordan Phillips doesn’t worry about whether people call him a small forward or a big guard.
What Phillips (6-7, 210) – who is scheduled to officially visit head coach Mike Anderson’s Arkansas program this weekend along with Henderson, NV., Findlay Prep forward Reggie Chaney (6-8, 230) – wants most to be labeled versatile.
“Coach Anderson has told me he wants to have me move all around the perimeter because of my versatility,” Phillips said. “I think of myself as a big guard, but feel like I can play anywhere a coach puts me and that I will succeed at that spot.”
Arkansas had an in-home visit with Phillips on Monday.
“It went very well,” Phillips said. “Impressive coaching staff. They’re really cool.”
Phillips has the ability to shoot, handle the ball and play physical against small guards.
“That’s my advantage being 6-7 and being a guard,” he said. “That’s what I got to do — be physical and get those smaller guys off of me. I feel like a real versatile guard. I feel like I can do anything coach wants me to do and get the win. Knock down shots handle the ball if I need to and rebound.”
Phillips, who averaged 21 points and 6 rebounds for the 29-5 Longhorns as a junior, has a 3.5 grade point average and has plans to major in business.
“I know Arkansas has a great business school,” Phillips said.
He says he has developed a strong bond with Anderson and assistants Melvin Watkins, Scotty Thurman and T.J. Cleveland.
“I’m just really intrigued with the coaching staff, the whole coaching staff – Coach Anderson, Coach Watkins, Coach Thurman and Coach Cleveland,” Phillips said. “They all just keep in touch with me and that’s the real heart of the relationship I have with the coaches.
“They also talk to me about how well I would could fit in their system and how they would help me be successful off the basketball floor as…