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Riptide Sign Center Phillips

SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick — Saint John  has signed Randy Phillips, a rookie center, who helped lead his college team to new heights, to help patrol the paint for the Riptide this season.

“Randy is a great mix of toughness, strength, smarts and competitive fire.  He has an unbelievable motor and rebounds the ball well while finishing and making plays for himself and others from the low post,” Head Coach and General Manager Nelson Terroba said.

Phillips, a native of Jackson, Mississippi, played his college ball at Radford University in Virginia.  While there, he helped the Highlanders finish his senior season with a Big South championship, the first NCAA Tournament victory in program history and setting a new single-season wins record with 23. Radford and Phillips lost to eventual national champion VIllanova.

“The NCAA tournament was the biggest two games I ever played in my life everybody with everybody watching everything you do at all times,” Phillips said. “The game against Villanova was just like any other game except they didn’t miss shots.”

The Riptide spotted and evaluated Phillips in Las Vegas at a two-day combine. “I liked Coach Terroba.  We met in Vegas, and I got to play under him and got to know his coaching style,” Phillips said.  “I have been working on my game this summer. I look forward to getting better as a player this coming year, and helping the Saint John Organization grow as well, and, hopefully, win a championship.”

Presently, Phillips is playing in Ecuador in his first international playing experience.  He is excited to take the lessons learned from there and bring them with him to Saint John.

Prior to Radford, Phillips attended East Central Community where he received the Anthony Johnson Basketball Award for high character and work ethic.

“I think Randy will fit right into the Saint John community.  He is a blue collar worker who fights for everything in front of him.  Our fans will love his energy and his passion for the game,” Terroba said.


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