Evans and Phillips: A Georgia Connection
Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Leading up to the 2008-09 ETSU women's basketball season, the ETSU media relations office, with help from graduate assistant Lindsay Christensen, will feature player profiles on all 12 of the Lady Buccaneer student-athletes. This new segment allows fans to catch a glimpse of what each player is doing off the court, as the Lady Bucs look to make a run at their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.


A powerful duo on the court, Siarre Evans and Kami Phillips share more than the love of basketball. The athletes are close friends off the court, which only strengthens the connection they have on it. The two share similar backgrounds, interests, and goals. It's no wonder they seem to understand each other so well.


Evans and Phillips, both from Georgia, grew up in religious households. They were part of youth groups growing up and continue to be strong believers; while both attend church together here in Johnson City. Their church of choice is Friendship Baptist, and they attend as often as their basketball filled schedule will allow.


The pair also share the same major "Sport Management".  Evans and Phillips have both decided that after their playing days are over, they will continue to work in basketball. 


Evans, a 5-11 forward from Griffin, Ga., is the first person in her family to attend college.  She plans to coach basketball, beginning at the high school level, and hopefully working up the ranks to a Division I college. Her family is extremely proud of her accomplishments on the court, but even more important is the level of education she is receiving while she attends ETSU. Evans continues to work hard in the classroom to achieve what no one in her family has done before.


Phillips received A-Sun academic honors as a freshman. Her main goal is to run a recreational center, possibly the one that she went to growing up. She says during her childhood, she spent a lot of time there playing ball, and would love give the same opportunity to others. The Augusta, Ga. native's biggest fan, her mother, and her Auntie have been there to motivate Phillips all her life. She is very thankful for them, and the rest of her family, as she strives to accomplish her goals.


Both ladies will spread their skills and love of basketball to others as their profession, but neither of them want to jump into the aforementioned careers right out of college. 


"We would like to continue playing basketball after we finish here at ETSU," commented Evans. "Either in the WNBA or oversees." 


"Oversees would be our first choice," says Phillips. "Besides getting to live in a different country, we would make more money and have all of our expenses paid for."


As for where they would like to play, Evans says her first choice would be Italy, while Phillips would love to go to Spain. The two have both been asked to travel to Spain this coming summer, but currently they think the chances of going are slim. The four-thousand dollar cost of the trip causes a bit of trouble for the girls, but they are hoping to find a way to make it happen.


Like the players you have already met, Phillips and Evans decided to come to ETSU because of the coaching staff.


Evans especially looks up to assistant coach and former Lady Buccaneer standout, DeShawne Blocker, who Evans says, "was the best player to go to ETSU."  Evans hopes to someday break Blocker's single game rebounding record of 28 boards. 


As the Georgia connection heads into their junior and sophomore year, Evans and Phillips look to gain even more success on the court than last season. They have been working hard to improve their individual games, and hope that they will have an extremely productive season. 


"Siarre is a really hard worker," says Phillips. "She has a versatile game, and knows how to motivate the rest of the team." 


When asked about Phillips, Evans states, "Kami is one of the best point-guards in the conference. She always finds the open player and never stops working. However, she does need to shoot more!"


Come out this season to see this dominate duo as they look to make big things happen for the Lady Bucs.