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For Vols’ Cade Phillips, there’s no easing into college basketball | Chattanooga Times Free Press

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Tennessee’s 17th-ranked basketball team has 11 players averaging more than five minutes per game entering Saturday’s noon showdown against No. 20 Illinois in the Food City Center.

One reason for such a high number is that the future is taking place sooner than expected for Volunteers freshman forward Cade Phillips.

The son of former Alabama quarterback John David Phillips and the nephew of another former Crimson Tide quarterback, Brodie Croyle, has appeared in six of eight games through Tennessee’s 5-3 start, averaging 6.7 minutes per appearance. While playing time can often be a spreading of wealth during nonconference mismatches, Phillips has averaged eight minutes the past two outings against North Carolina and George Mason.

“I can’t say enough about Cade,” Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said after the 100-92 loss to the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill on Nov.

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