Phillips was born in Portland, OR on August 22nd, 1990. His parents are Bill and Teresa Phillips. He has two younger brothers, Caleb and Titus Phillips. When he was two years old, his family uprooted and moved to Aberdeen, WA. He was placed into soccer, baseball, and basketball leagues as soon as he was able to walk. When he was old enough to decide for himself what sports he would play, he chose to run cross country and play basketball. With his free time, he enjoyed exploring the natural beauty of the surrounding area, including the beaches where he learned to surf. He graduated from J.M. Weatherwax High School in 2009.