1. He can play off the ball or serve as a facilitator
When Philon enrolls at the University of Kansas in 2024, Dajuan Harris will be entering his final season of eligibility. No one will be taking that spot from the reigning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. However, Philon is versatile enough to see time at both guard spots as a freshman.
The Alabama native led the state in points scored, taking home Mr. Basketball honors as a junior. However, he is his team’s point guard and can handle the ball very well. In college, Philon projects as a long point guard, but he’ll certainly be capable of taking on more scoring duties alongside Harris. Playing alongside top-5 recruit and fellow point guard Tre Johnson at Link Academy should also enhance his potential as a 2-guard.
For Philon to become a more effective player off the ball, he will need to tidy up his jump shot. He has good form but shoots it at a low percentage. With how the guard room is looking a year from now — Elmarko Jackson is likely going the NBA route, and Arterio Morris probably won’t play a game as a Jayhawk — he could have a clear path to minutes in his freshman year.