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Layer Signs Phillips to NLI

May 14, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty men's basketball head coach Dale Layer recently signed Chene Phillips to a National Letter of Intent.

Liberty men's basketball head coach Dale Layer recently signed Chene Phillips to a National Letter of Intent.

Liberty head men's basketball coach Dale Layer announced that Chene Phillips has signed a national letter of intent to attend Liberty University for the 2010-11 academic year.

Phillips, a 6-2 point guard out of Detroit, Mich., recently concluded his tenure as a four-year varsity letterwinner and a three-year starter at Renaissance High School. During the 2009-10 season, the Motor City native guided the Phoenix to a 16-7 record, averaging 23.1 points, 4.5 assists and four steals per game.

"We were immediately drawn to Chene because of his athleticism and feel for the game," Layer stated. "He has the potential to be one of our best defenders and on offense can create shots for himself and others.

"He has a terrific spirit about him on and off the floor and has great character. I expect that Chene will be a significant part of our plans, both in the present and in the future."

As a team captain for the Phoenix, Phillips earned numerous accolades this past season, including first team all-city and all-state honorable mention. The floor general was also a William Robinson Award nominee, earning spots on the Michigan All-Star team and Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan All-Star team.

"I'm really glad to be a part of Liberty Basketball," Phillips said. "After visiting the campus and seeing how great the facilities were along with spending time with the players and the coaching staff, I knew in my heart Liberty University was the right place for me.

"Coach Layer and Coach [Jason] Eaker made me feel very comfortable and wanted during the recruiting process. I feel like we can do great things in the future and I'm happy to be a Flame."

Phillips chose Liberty over Missouri Kansas City, Michigan and Boston College.

The point guard's signing rounds out a six-player recruiting class that includes NJCAA Second Team All-American John Brown (G, 6-4, 195, Savannah, Ga.), Chris Johnson (G, 6-5, 195, North Preston, Nova Scotia), Sommy Ogukwe (F, 6-7, 195, Abuja, Nigeria)and early signees John Caleb Sanders (G, 6-0, 170, Houston, Texas) and Stephen Baird (F, 6-8, 190, San Antonio, Texas).