Phil Cullen, a 6-10 center from Chelan, Washington, has signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Utah and play basketball. The announcement was made today by Utah Head Basketball coach Rick Majerus.
Cullen averaged 20.1 points, 11.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks per game for Chelan High School last season. He had a high game of 33 points. He also had 22 rebounds in one game and 10 blocked shots in another game. An excellent shooter, Cullen shot .525 percent from the field last season and .810 percent from the free throw line.
He was named first team all-region, first team all-state and was also selected to the state tournament all-tourney team. He led Chelan to a 25-2 record last season and a third place finish in the state. Cullen set a state tournament record for blocked shots in a single game with eight and also tied the tournament record for blocked shots for the entire tournament.
"Phil Cullen's signing typifies exactly what we want in a recruit," explained Majerus. "First of all he is a wonderful person, he's a great kid and he's a school leader. But above and beyond that he's an outstanding student. He is a very hard worker with a tremendous upside. I love his shooting skills. I like his passing skills and his height is excellent. He is a committed player and I think he is going to do a fantastic job for us. His biggest detriment is his strength.
Phil needs to get strong and play more aggressively. His skill level is very extraordinary for a guy his size. He is a coach's son and has all the characteristics you would want a player to have."
Cullen carries a 4.0 GPA, is on the honor roll and is a member of the National Honor Society. He also serves as Chelan Student body President.
Chelan High School coach Joe Harris feels Cullen is an excellent player. "Phil is a tremendous kid as well as being a really gifted basketball player," said Harris. "He has the mind of a point guard in the body of a 6-10 player. He is truly a coach on the floor."