ELKINS - One of Elkins High School's finest basketball players is set to take his game to the next level. Logan Phillips signed a national letter of intent Friday to play hoops for West Virginia Wesleyan College next season.
"I'm excited," Phillips said. "I went for a visit mid-February to meet with the coaches and see the campus. I fell in love with it. I knew if they were going to make me an offer, I was probably going to take it."
Phillips, a 6-3 forward, led the Tigers in scoring with 23 points per game and also was one of the team's top rebounders. He earned honorable mention all-state laurels and was selected to the first team of the Big 10 Conference squad.
"I'm going to have to get stronger and work on my footwork," Phillips said. "There is a big difference between high school and college. At that level, you have to go all out on every play. It's much more physical. You can't take a play off and rest up. I'm ready to make that commitment."
Tigers coach John Lawson believes Phillips will perform well at the college level. He said Phillips may not make an immediate impact, but his dedication will eventually lead him to playing time.
"I'm very happy for him," Lawson said. "I think he made a very good decision. I think it's going to be a good fit for him. It's close to home.
"Sure, there is going to be a learning curve. It's going to take time to get adjusted to playing at that level. You don't just walk in and step on the floor and contribute at that level.
"The thing about Logan, he's got that inner drive to do what it takes to be successful. Sure there are going to be days when he feels like he doesn't belong, but he'll keep on plugging away," Lawson said. "He's a great kid and he's got a great family to support him. I'm anxious to see how he will do."
Phillips finished his career with more than 1,100 points for the Tigers.