Oct. 28, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) - SMU men's basketball great Gene Phillips has been inducted into the 2013 class of the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame (TSHOF) committee announced at a ceremony and luncheon on Monday morning.
Phillips, who was a class of 2011 SMU Hall of Famer as well, played at SMU from 1968-71 and was a three-time SWC Player of the Year. The former Mustang averaged 26.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game during his three-season career on the Hilltop. At the time, Phillips set the program record with 1,932 career points, which is still second on SMU's all-time list. The '71 alum's 26.1 points-per game puts him atop the record book in that category. Phillips also holds the marks for the top two seasons at SMU in scoring and scoring average; totaling 737 points with a 28.3 average in 1970-71 and adding 685 points for a 28.5 average in 1969-70. In a matchup with Texas on March 2, 1971, Phillips set the SMU and SWC record with 51 points. The 1971 Milwaukee Bucks NBA Draft pick tallied 30 or more points 24 times in his SMU career.
The TSHOF's 2013 Southwest Conference Hall of Fame class consists of nine former athletes from nine former SWC schools.
In 2013-14, SMU begins its second season under Head Coach Larry Brown with all five starters returning, while adding the No. 14-ranked recruiting class and three transfers who sat out last season. The Mustangs return Cannen Cunningham, Jalen Jones, Ryan Manuel, Nick Russell, and Shawn Williams after the group started the entire 2012-13 season. They are joined by transfers Nic Moore (from Illinois State), Markus Kennedy (from Villanova) and Crandall Head (from Illinois). The recruiting class includes McDonald's All-American Keith Frazier, one of the nation's top junior college prospects in Yanick Moreira, and a pair of Illinois' Mr. Basketball finalists from the Chicago area in Sterling Brown and Ben Moore. The Mustangs also return Kevin Dunleavy and add newcomers Jean-Micheal Mudiay and Jonathan Wilfong.
The Mustangs will begin the new campaign in the Tip-Off Showcase at the American Airlines Center, when SMU takes on TCU on Friday, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m. CT. The inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference begins at Cincinnati on Jan. 1 followed by SMU's debut in the newly-renovated Moody Coliseum ($47 million) on Saturday, Jan. 4, when the Mustangs host three-time NCAA champion Connecticut.
SEASON TICKETS - SMU has 16 home games this year. All nine American Athletic Conference home games will be on campus in Moody Coliseum. Season tickets start at just $125. For more information call 214-SMU-GAME (214-768-4263) or click HERE. All SMU basketball games are broadcast on the Mustangs Radio Network; which includes the flagship KAAM 770 AM in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and SMUMustangs.com.