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Deep in our hearts a memory is kept, Of those we loved and shall never forget.

Phillip “Phil” Sellers, Jr

Phillip “Phil” Sellers, Jr. (born November 20, 1953, Brooklyn, New York) is an American former professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the NBA. A native of New York, Sellers played high school basketball at Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn. He achieved success at the prep level, winning the MVP Award of Pittsburgh’s Dapper Dan Tournament at the end of his senior season. He attended Rutgers University, Sellers played under then-assistant coach and future college basketball legend Dick Vitale. His decision to become a Scarlet Knight was initially criticized, but Sellers lead Rutgers to two NIT berths during his freshman and sophomore seasons and then back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in his final two collegiate seasons. After graduating, Sellers was picked in the third round (38th overall) of the 1976 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons, but lasted only a year with the Pistons before being put on waivers. He then served as an assistant at Rutgers for three years before moving on to a job with a mortgage banking firm in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Sellers finished his one-year NBA career averaging 4.5 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 44 games played.

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