||Phil was a towering presence for Chelan's basketball and baseball teams. In 1998, the 6-9 center capped a magnificent senior basketball season by being named the state of Washingon's Player of the Year for all classifications. While averaging 19.1 points per game, he earned a berth on the All-State 'A' team, was the North Central Washington MVP as well as All-NCW, and All-Caribou League. Not only could he score effectively on the inside, he also demonstrated a dead-eye proficiency from the outside during three years as a starter for the Goats. Phil was also a dominating All-League pitcher for the baseball team.
He began as a two sport player in college at the University of Utah. After a season on the mound for the Utes, he turned to professional baseball after being drafted by the Seattle Mariners. However, that didn't curtail continuing as a stalwart forward for Utah's basketball team. During his career on the hardcourt for the Utes from 1998-2002, the team won 72% of its games. Cullen contributed by setting the school's career record for 3-point field goals made with 153 while averaging 6.5 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. He continued playing minor league baseball for four seasons.