2008-09: Paul Phillips served as the captain in his second year with the Cedar Rapids Roughriders in the USHL. The blueliner skated in 60 games, scoring 8 goals and 25 assists for 33 points. He was held off the scoresheet in 5 USHL playoff games.
2009-10: The mobile defender played regularly during his freshman season at the University of Denver. Though he recorded only 4 assists during his 31 game season, Phillips played a steady, defensive role for the Pioneers.
2010-11: Phillips earned 38 starts as a sophomore at Denver University, equaling his freshman season total of 4 assists.
2011-12: Phillips spent much of the season skating alongside Islanders prospect Scott Mayfield in his junior season at Denver. In 40 games he scored 1 goal with 8 assists and was plus-one with 22 penalty minutes. One of the leading shot-blockers for Denver, Phillips was a solid presence in his own end. The Pioneers finished third in the WCHA and reached the Broadmoor Trophy WCHA playoff championship game after defeating second-place Minnesota-Duluth in a double overtime semifinal game. Denver lost to eventual NCAA runner-up Ferris State in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals.
Phillips is a mobile defenseman who is capable at both ends of the ice. He has sound positioning defensively and is willing to work the tough areas in front of his net and along the boards. Plays with great awareness and consistently makes the right decision. Though he does not shoot a lot, he can get the puck to the net in a hurry. Also displays leadership ability and served as a captain for Cedar Rapids in the USHL.
Entering his senior season at Denver in 2012-13, Phillips' reliable play has earned him a significant role in the lineup and as part of the leadership group for the Pioneers.