Phil Sellers

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Phil Sellers
Personal information
Born (1953-11-20) November 20, 1953 (age 63)
Brooklyn, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Thomas Jefferson
(Brooklyn, New York)
College Rutgers (1972–1976)
NBA draft 1976 / Round: 3 / Pick: 48th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career 1976–1979
Position Small forward / Shooting guard
Number 11
Career history
1976–1977 Detroit Pistons
1978 Jersey Shore Bullets (CBA)
1978–1979 Amsterdam Amstel Veen (Netherlands)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Phillip "Phil" Sellers, Jr. (born November 20, 1953) is an American former professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the NBA.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Sellers played high school basketball at Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn.[1] He achieved success at the prep level, winning the MVP Award of Pittsburgh's Dapper Dan Tournament at the end of his senior season.[2] He also earned All-America honors at Jefferson and received over 200 scholarship offers from colleges across the country to play basketball.[2] Sellers signed a letter of intent to play at Notre Dame, but worries about managing the tough academics made him reconsider and so he attended Livingston College in New Jersey, a part of Rutgers University specially designed to help students from low-income backgrounds.[2]

Rutgers University[edit]

At Rutgers, Sellers played under then-assistant coach and future college basketball legend Dick Vitale.[3] His decision to become a Scarlet Knight was initially criticized,[3] but Sellers lead Rutgers to two NIT berths during his freshman and sophomore seasons and then back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in his final two collegiate seasons.[3]

1975–76 season[edit]

Rutgers University's best men's basketball season in school history came during 1975–76. Sellers, a senior and Consensus Second Team All-American,[4] led the team to a 31–0 start. The team finished 31–2, and their only two losses occurred in the national semifinals (to Michigan) and the third-place game (to UCLA).[3] Sellers graduated from Rutgers in 1976 and is still the school's all-time leading scorer (2,399) and rebounder (1,115).[3] On January 16, 1988, he had his jersey number (#12) retired, making him one of only three Scarlet Knights players to have ever been so honored.[3]

NBA[edit]

After graduating, Sellers was picked in the third round (38th overall) of the 1976 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons, but lasted only a year with the Pistons before being put on waivers.[3] He then served as an assistant at Rutgers for three years before moving on to a job with a mortgage banking firm in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.[3] Sellers finished his one-year NBA career averaging 4.5 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 44 games played.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Phil Sellers Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved June 11, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c Kirschenbaum, Jerry (January 20, 1975). "One Very Stormy Sellers". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved June 11, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Thomas Jr., Robert M. (January 11, 1988). "SPORTS WORLD SPECIALS; The Right Choice". New York Times. Retrieved June 11, 2009. 
  4. ^ "All-America - Division I (1970's)". National Association of Basketball Coaches. Retrieved June 11, 2009.