It’s been over a decade since Bobby Phills died in a car accident as a member of the Charlotte Hornets. Now his son, Trey, is following in his father’s footsteps, emerging as a basketball star at Charlotte (NC) Christian. Charlotte Observer preps reporter Langston Wertz wrote a feature on budding hoops star, who also excel academically.
“He’s a heck of a player,” Ardrey Kell coach Mike Craft said of Phills. “He can do things off the bounce and he can really score for them. He’s their No. 1 go-to guy, and we really didn’t have an answer for him. We were able to double-team him and have somebody waiting for him, but he’s hard to guard, sort of like his dad, and the thing I like is most kids today can shoot it or go to the hoop. He had a good in-between game that’s hard to stop.”
Phills reeled of a list of colleges that have shown interest in him, including College of Charleston, Davidson, Princeton, Stanford and Liberty. He said he had been offered by California-Irvine and The Citadel. Missing from his list? His father’s alma mater, Southern University.
It’s been over 20 years since Phills last played for Southern, but it would sure be nice to see his son wearing Jaguar blue and gold. It may not be as much of a long shot as you think. Neither of the schools that have offered him are major hoops powers. Southern AD Dr. William Broussard says coach Roman Banks has been in contact with Phills family.