Phillips heading to Slovakia
Sullivan Phillips admitted his relief after signing a contract with new club, BC Previetza in Slovakia, and hopes to relaunch his career after getting a fresh start.
Phillips, 32, has played in England, Hungary, Czech Republic, and most recently Cyprus, winning titles in England and Cyprus, and will now look to make a splash in the Slovakian Men’s National Basketball League.
It will be a change of scenery for Phillips who will be joining what a losing team, although the Bermuda captain is pleased to be given a new lease on life.
“I’m here for a fresh start and to win as always,” said Phillips. “Although they did horrible last season this year our goal is to win with a new crop of players.
“It’s a bit similar to the Czech Republic and Hungary, but we have a good team and hopefully we fulfill our potential.”
Phillips and his former club, APOEL in Cyprus, won last year’s national championship in a best of five games series, 3-1 over title rivals AEL, leaving Phillips with his fourth overall title and his first with APOEL, something that may have caught his new club’s eye.
The Bermudian also picked up the Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Defensive Player of the Year Award as well as the getting an honourable mention in the All Division Team.
“An agent contacted me, we worked out some stuff and thanks to God I’m here ready to go,” he said.
“Obviously with the season I had last year someone was willing to take a chance and offer me a deal so now it is up to me to go out and perform as I know I can.”
Phillips will be in some sort of form from the summer having played in the Natwest Island Games where he received the Golden Ball Award as well as being named Tournament MVP.
He also led the Bermuda men’s national team during the Caribbean Basketball Championships where he scored 86 points and was the sixth highest scorer in the tournament scoring an average of 14.3 points per game.
The Slovakian league begins on October 1.