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PREP SPOTLIGHT: Shykeim Phillips

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South Central's Shykeim Phillips dunks against Southern Wayne on Jan. 2, 2019. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

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By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, January 3, 2019

One of the keys to a successful basketball team is a defined leader at the point guard position. South Central, a team not lacking in talent, has just that in senior Shykeim Phillips. Phillips is known for his crafty passing, spectacular shooting and stellar ballhandling. Preps beat writer Jake Keator spoke with Phillips about his overall game, South Central’s basketball program, his future in the sport and the Falcons’ trip to the John Wall Invitational tournament in Raleigh.

Q: Your team is now nationally ranked (No. 23 in the nation) by USA Today. What were you feeling when you heard the news? 

A: “I was very excited. My team and I were all really excited. That’s a big accomplishment, going from being ranked highly in the state to a national ranking. That’s a big accomplishment for us here at South Central.”

Q: This group just dominates in the local area, but you got to see some new talent in the John Wall Invitational. What was that like, and how did it feel to make the All-Tournament team? 

A: “It was a great experience. That’s probably the best talent we’ll play all year, and I think we really needed that competition. So if we go deep in the state playoffs we’ll already be used to it.” 

Q: How is the recruiting process going for you? What are your top three schools right now? 

A: “The recruiting process is going really well right now. I’ve been hearing from a lot of mid-majors, but I don’t have a top three at the moment.”

Q: What is the relationship like between you and Day’ron (Sharpe)? Is he helping you through the recruiting process?

A: “Day’ron has been a big help for me so far. He’s got a really good mind. I’ve known him since second grade, so we have a really close friendship.

Q: If you could give some advice to a younger athlete about becoming successful in basketball what would that be? 

A: “My best advice for kids growing up is to just work hard. No matter where you’re from, if you work hard somebody will notice you.”

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