Tennessee basketball 2023 NBA Draft prospects: Julian Phillips at top

Kennedy Chandler gave Rick Barnes six draft picks from Tennessee basketball in the past four NBA Drafts when he was picked Thursday.

The Vols could add another name — or names — to that list in the 2023 NBA Draft.

Freshman forward Julian Phillips is projected as a first-round pick by ESPN and Yahoo! in next year’s draft. Senior guards Josiah-Jordan James and Santiago Vescovi are potential selections. James and Vescovi went through the NBA Draft process following last season before electing to return to Tennessee.

ESPN projects Phillips as the No. 17 pick, while Yahoo! has the 6-foot-8 forward as the No. 25 pick.

“Phillips was one of the last five-star recruits to commit to this high school season and chose the Vols over Auburn, Florida State and LSU,” wrote Yahoo!’s Krysten Peek. “Rick Barnes has had draft success with Kennedy Chandler (No. 38 this year), Keon Johnson (No. 21 in 2021) and Grant Williams (No. 22 in 2019). Phillips can be the next one up. He has a strong , natural feel for the game, can really pass on the move and is effective when going to his left.”

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