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Trey Phills

School

Yale University

Position
Guard
Major
Sociology

Classroom

Trey Phills maintains a 3.35 grade-point average as a sociology major at Yale. In 2017-18, he was named to the NABC Honors Court, which recognizes the talents and gifts he possesses off the court and the hard work he has exhibited in the classroom.

Character

Phills is the son of former NBA guard Bobby Phills, who tragically died in a car accident after leaving a Charlotte Hornet pre-game shoot-around in 2000. Phills was 3 years old at the time of his father’s death. With tremendous support from his family, he went on to Charlotte Christian High School, where he starred both on the court and in the classroom before earning admission to Yale. Phills wears jersey No. 13 like his father and often speaks about impacting the community in a similar fashion to his father, who was beloved for his service in the Charlotte area.

Community

Phills has been active both on the Yale campus and in the New Haven community. Each fall since his sophomore year, he has volunteered in the Cultural Connections’ pre-orientation program for incoming first-year students. In his junior year, Phills participated in Alpha Phi Alpha’s “Go to High School – Go to College” initiative at a New Haven magnet school, speaking to students about valuable life lessons and peer pressure. In addition, Phills has volunteered at a local Baptist church, helping serve the community during their monthly food pantry.

Competition

Phills has been a regular in Yale’s rotation throughout his career, appearing in 78 games and starting 51. As a junior, he earned second-team All-Ivy recognition after starting a career-high of 26 games and finishing fifth in the Ivy League in field goal percentage (.520). In 14 Ivy games, he averaged 13.4 points and 6.1 rebounds. He is a two-time recipient of the team’s top defensive player award. As a sophomore, he started 25 games and was second on the team with 27 steals and 10th in the Ivy League in free throw percentage. In his rookie season, he appeared in 19 games off the bench, including in Yale’s upset of Baylor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.