Posted On: 07/23/19 4:58 PM

Over the past, five to ten years basketball has evolved in several different ways. One of the biggest is the value of shooting. College coaches have come more around to believing size is not everything, especially if the prospect can shoot it at an elite level. A great example of this is the story playing out in Oklahoma is Trey Phipps. Over the past week Phipps decommitted to Tulsa with the monster interest he was receiving from High Major NCAA Division I schools. Since that time many schools have reached out.

Today, Oklahoma decided to extend an offer to the sharpshooter. The offer from Oklahoma opens a lot of gates for Phipps as typically we see it takes one High Major NCAA Division I school offering to get the ball rolling.

So how did Phipps garner higher interest? It all started with the performance Phipps had last summer with Oklahoma Run PWP on the Under Armour Circuit. Phipps led the entire 16U UA league in scoring and three-point makes. Following his awesome summer, Phipps entered his junior season at Booker T. Washington with an extremely high level of confidence. The combination of Bryce Thompson and Phipps easily turned into the best shooting duo throughout the state. 

Phipps capped his junior season off with an extraordinary 42 point performance to lead Booker T. Washington to the Class 6A Gold Ball. It all began with the big summer Phipps had going into his junior year. Having already committed to Tulsa the pressure was off Phipps. However, he was still out to prove he belonged nationally. Phipps returned to the UA Circuit dominating averaging 18.5 points on 56% shooting from three-point range. 

Many High Major colleges are looking past his size and towards his elite level of shooting the basketball. This is a trend we continue to see, but it is very important to note the player still has to earn the respect of the coaches proving they can shoot it. Phipps has done just that. Buckle up Phipps family there will be many more schools after the talents of Trey. 

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