Player Spotlight

April 10, 2023

Phillip Lawrence, a senior at Poly Prep Country Day High School, has scored 1,000 career points!

Player Spotlight

Phillip got his start in basketball with the Chelsea Piers Evolution program when he was in fourth grade. He played with Chelsea Piers Evolution from 2014 through 2017, up until seventh grade and helped lead those teams to 4 AAU National Championships, two of which they placed twice as well as winning over 10 tournaments with his fellow teammates.

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At Poly Prep High School, he has led his team to an undefeated season and to the New York State Federation B Basketball Championship. To top it off, this year, he has been nominated for the New York State Federation Class B Player of the Year. His time at Poly Prep High School has led him to 1,000 career points and 3x NYSAIS Championships. Phillip is also All-Ivy 1st Team, All-BCANY 1st Team and All-BCANY Academic.

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Photo Credit: Ken Moore Photography

As he finishes his Senior year at Poly and has his sights set on attending the University of Chicago in September, we spoke with Philip on his favorite memories, accomplishments and advice throughout the years so far.

Q: What did you enjoy most about playing with Chelsea Piers Evolution?

My Chelsea Piers Evolution coaches taught me HOW to play. I have played with talented players who lack the necessary fundamentals of the game. Evolution gives you an advantage in learning the basic principles of the game like defense, proper footwork, shooting form, etc.

Q: What do you love most about the game?

I love that basketball has helped me make friends and become confident both on and off the court.

Q: What is your greatest accomplishment on the court?

Winning three consecutive state championships!

Q: What is a motto or quote you live and/or play by?

The motto that I play by is “play at your own pace”.

Q: What is the best advice you’ve received?

Best advice would be to not take the opportunity to play for granted. Use your coaches to get better and push your teammates to get better. Have fun with it – becoming a better player is fun and your team gets better, it puts you in better positions to win (which is the most fun)!

Congratulations to Phillip on all that he has accomplished. We can't wait to see him thrive on and off the court in Chicago!

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