Alex Phillips to Join Eastern Illinois
Alex Phillips signing with Eastern Illinois University
11/15/2011 12:48:41 PM
CHARLESTON – New Mexico Junior College sophomore shooting guard Alex Phillips has signed a letter-of-intent with Eastern Illinois University. EIU men's basketball coach Mike Miller continues to revamp the Panthers roster with athletic, multi-dimensional players as he announced the signing of three players to open the NCAA's early national letter of intent period.
Signing with Eastern Illinois to play in 2011-12 are New Mexico Junior College sophomore Alex Phillips, Cameron Harvey and R.J. McGhee.
"All three of these players bring a great deal of athletic and scoring ability to our program," Miller said of the class. "Over the last two years we have emphasized going after more athletic players to enhance our program and make us competitive not only in the OVC but in our overall schedule. These three players continue that trend."
Phillips is a 6-2, 185-pound guard set to play his second season at New Mexico Junior College. As a freshman he averaged 7.2 points and 2.2 rebounds per game hitting 44 percent from the floor. He helped lead a balanced team to a 19-10 record, its best finish in ten seasons as they ranked 8th in the JUCO ranks in scoring defense. During the summer of 2011 he played in the JUCO Top 100 camp where he showed scoring ability. Phillips is originally from Phenix City, Ala., where he played at Sound Doctrine Christian Academy.
"Phillips is an athletic guard who showed his ability to impact winning as a freshman at NMJC," Miller said. "He is explosive off the dribble, can finish plays at the rim and set up others. We really like his energy level and scoring ability that he during his play at the JUCO Top 100 camp this summer."
“We are very excited for Alex,” said NMJC head coach Chris Tifft. “Alex’s hard work and focus have paid great dividends for him. His dream in coming to New Mexico Junior College was to graduate and earn a Division I scholarship. Now he has the opportunity to move on to the next level and play for an up-and-coming program with a quality coaching staff.”
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