West Virginia basketball recruit Shawn Phillips Jr. announced on Wednesday that he will commit to North Carolina State.
Phillips made the announcement on Twitter.
— shawn ”BABY SHAQ” phillips jr (@shawnphillipsj1) September 22, 2021
Phillips had recently placed West Virginia in his top three, also considering Ole Miss. The 6-foot-10, 250-pound center was ranked in the top 150 for the class of 2022. Phillips was rated as a three-star by 247Sports and a four-star by Rivals. On Tuesday, three recruiting analysts placed their ‘crystal ball predictions’ in for Philips to commit to the Wolfpack.
So where will this leave West Virginia at for their class of 2022 prospects?
The WVU basketball coaching staff has filed in two commits earlier this year in Josiah Harris and Josiah Davis. Harris is a three-star, while Davis has not been ranked. With those two, the Mountaineers rank 57th in the country and seventh in the Big 12.
Most recently, the staff has offered a scholarship to junior college prospect Deshawndre Washington. Washington, a 6-foot-7 guard, played at South Suburban College in the 2020-21 season. The junior college product appeared in 26 games, averaging 27.0 points, 13.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists. Washington shot 45 percent from the field.
West Virginia will continue to scout for a big man for the class of 2022, as big men Pauly Paulicap, Dimon Carrigan and Gabe Osabuohien are all seniors this upcoming season.