Sloan Phillips has played a major role in the success of Ragland High School’s boys basketball team this season.
The Purple Devils are 10-1 with wins over Winterboro, Vincent (ranked No. 2 in Class 2A) and Jacksonville Christian Academy (No. 10 in 1A a week ago).
Phillips, who has been playing on the varsity for three seasons, has provided leadership as well as the ability to get baskets in a number of ways.
Since falling to Winterboro in the 1A, Area 9 Tournament last February, Phillips has worked hard to improve his game, and it shows. He averages 20 points per game for Ragland.
Phillips took a few minutes to answer questions about the season and himself.
Q: What has been the key to Ragland’s success in the first month of the season?
A: Since last year, we have grown up a ton. We are a different team than we were last year. We have a new player named CJ Lawler and we are lighting it up. We have a big man in Josh (Phillips) that’s unstoppable under the rim. We have a bunch of studs.
Q: What part of basketball have you had to work the hardest on?
A: My shot, because as you shoot, you get stronger and stronger in everything you do.
Q: If you had one snack to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A: Triple chocolate brownies. Our principal’s daughter makes them for me every time I get a dunk.
Q: What's your favorite movie?
A: “Bad Boys 2”
Q: If you tried out for “American Idol,” what song would you sing?
A: “What You Give” by Tesla. It’s a slow guitar song, it’s nice.
Q: What’s one special talent you wish you had?
A: I wish I was a pro snowboarder.
Q: What are three things you couldn't live without?
A: Music, Netflix and basketball.
Q: What's the best piece of advice you've gotten from a teacher.
A: Don’t find a way, make a way.
Q: If you and some of your teammates get together, what do you do?
A: Probably clown each other. We always have a good time and we are constantly laughing.
Q: What's your favorite holiday?
A: Christmas, because of the break that we get from school.