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WVU basketball: Tarik Phillip commits to West Virginia

Tarik Phillip, a junior college point guard with three years of eligibility remaining, committed to West Virginia Sunday following a visit to the campus and a late push by an elite suitor.

The 6-foot-3 Phillip played part of one season as a redshirt freshman at Independence (Kan.) Community College and averaged 18.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists this past season. He was named the player of the year in the Jayhawk Conference and picked WVU over LSU, Memphis and Kansas, that despite a visit from the Jayhawks Thursday, a day after center Joel Embiid announced he was leaving school for the NBA.

Phillip effectively replaces Eron Harris, WVU’s second leading scorer and top 3-point shooter who revealed last month he will transfer to be closer to home.

Harris, still in school at WVU, has not announced his destination.

Phillip played 18 of his teams’ 34 games and shot 55 percent from the floor and 38.6 percent (22-for-57) from 3-point range.

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