Athlete Showcase: Niles’ Tyler Phillips
Published 8:55 am Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Tyler Phillips is a senior on the Niles boys basketball team.
What has been one of your greatest accomplishments as an athlete?
TP: Beating a ranked Benton Harbor at home last year was a bright spot. Iced the game with six straight free throws.
What has been one of your biggest disappointments as an athlete?
TP: Nothing has really been a disappointment. Everything I’ve went through has made me who I am today.
What has been a hardship in your life?
TP: I’ve never been through something I would consider a hardship. People out there have it a lot worse. I have lived a blessed life.
Who is a “hero” in your life and why?
TP: My father. He’s been my coach in sports and life since I could talk and walk.
When are you the most nervous while you are competing?
TP: I don’t really get nervous these days. It’s just another day at the office.
Describe an embarrassing athletic moment.
TP: Freshman year when I played baseball a bird flying overhead had an accident all over my jersey during warm-ups before playing Penn.
How do you tend to workout/train when by yourself?
TP: I work hard and smart. That’s the only way to get better.
What other sport would you like to compete in if you were not playing yours?
TP: I’ve always wanted to play hockey.
Who would you say is your “biggest fan?” Why?
TP: Collectively, the Niles Nightmare. I love all of them that come to support.
How would you give away $50,000?
TP: I’d help my parents pay off bills.
If you could be the head coach of a team for a year, what team would you choose?
TP: It would be pretty cool to coach the Lakers this year before Kobe retires. He’s the G.O.A.T. and we’ll never see a player like him again.
If I did not play sports, I would…?
TP: Probably read a lot more and play a lot more video games.
What is the most challenging thing for you to do in your sport?
TP: Taking a charge is kind of difficult because I’m usually a lot bigger than the guy running at me.
If you could change one rule about your sport, what would it be?
TP: The on-ball defense rules with your hands are getting really soft. I’d love to change that.
What is the best compliment you have ever received?
TP: That I’m the hardest worker.
What was the scariest thing you have had to do? Are you glad you did it?
TP: Killing a grizzly bear with my bare hands was pretty nerve wracking. I’m glad I prevailed as the victor.
What was the last thing you saw someone do that really impressed you?
TP: When my man Gavin (Rasler) snapped off for 39 at our place.
What is your favorite hobby? Why?
TP: Other than basketball, I really like video games. I’ve played them since I was a little kid.
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