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By Dinos Trigonis

6-8 2018 PF Josh Phillips (Edison/Huntington Beach CA) has verbally committed to University of Portland and head coach Terry Porter (former NBA guard and NBA head coach).

Phillips picked the Pilots over offers from Nevada, Long Beach State, Fordham, Portland State, Cal Baptist and Florida International and interest from Boise State, UC-Santa Barbara, Utah State, Eastern Washington and UC-Riverside.

Josh Phillips verbals to Portland

Josh was a stand-out above-the-rim finisher, shot-blocker and rebounder for Belmont Shore this past spring and summer and was an invitee to the 2017 Pangos All-American Camp.  Josh’s great upside was recognized by many coaches and scouts this July.’s Corey Evans called Phillips one of the top sleepers in the nation after observing him at the Las Vegas Fab 48 in July:

Phillips will anchor the middle for coach Rich Boyce’s Huntington Beach Edison Chargers this upcoming season.