Coming out of Missouri Pressey had led the 2011–12 Big 12 Conference in assists, steals and assist to turnover ratio and was a 2011–12 All-Big 12 team selection.
He was also 2012 SEC Preseason Player of the Year and earned 2012–13 All-SEC First team selection and was the conference assist champion.
Although undrafted, he thought he might get a chance with the Celtics because Danny Ainge was familiar with his game.
Pressey's father Paul was an assistant to Doc Rivers from 2004-2006 so Phil had already spent countless hours on the Celtics facility prior to getting his opportunity with the C's.
Pressey was even a standout freshman point guard at Waltham High for a year before moving to Texas to finish out his high school career:
"I knew from the beginning [Celtics president of basketball operations] Danny Ainge my game," Pressey told CSNNE.com Celtics insider A. Sherrod Blakely. "But me living in Boston, in Waltham actually, it never crossed my mind that I'd be playing with the Celtics."
"When I go undrafted, I thought I won't be in the [video] game (NBA 2K14). But they updated the game, I was in there, but they got the picture of some other guy who's not me. At least get my right picture," he said. "But I'm not complaining. I know it'll happen sooner or later."
If that's your biggest life issue as a 23 year old NBA rookie it's safe to say things are going pretty well.