Lady Tigers sign Porsha Phillips

Porsha Phillips, a 6-2 forward from Stone Mountain, Ga., signed a National Letter of Intent to play for head coach Pokey Chatman and the LSU Lady Tigers basketball team, it was announced by Chatman on Wednesday, the first day of the late signing period.

Phillips will join LSU next season as a freshman from Redan High School.


While at Redan, Phillips averaged 18.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.8 blocked shots this past season as a senior to earn elite status as a Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), USA Today, Parade and McDonald's All-American. All four organizations honor the top high school players in the country.


"I want to come in and keep the winning tradition going," Phillips said. "I'm going to be a team player and hope to win championships."


For her career Phillips led Redan and head coach Rhonda Malone to a 104-27 record, including two state runner-up finishes. She posted 1,624 points and 837 rebounds during her career as well.


Phillips, a three-time DeKalb County Player of the Year, is ranked as the eighth overall recruit in the country by Blue Star Girls Report and 15th overall, and the second highest ranked forward by Roundball Journal.


"I've watched Porsha since her freshman year develop into the player she is today; and I'm excited about the player she will become here at LSU," Chatman said. "I expect her to impact our program immediately, given her ability. She's able to score in the low post with her back to the basket or stretch the defense from the perimeter with her ability to drive or hit the high post jumper. Defensively she changes the game with her aggressive presence, shot blocking, and dominance on the boards. Her athleticism and versatility will be perfect for our team."


Phillips, nicknamed Pokey as a young child, comes from an athletic family. Her father James played college football, while two of her brothers currently play professional baseball.


Phillips and Allison Hightower, LSU's signee from the early period in November, both played in the WBCA and McDonald's All-Stars games this past month. Phillips posted seven points, four rebounds and two blocked shots for the East team in the McDonald's game, while Hightower had nine points and nine rebounds for the West team.


The two were teammates in the WBCA game held in Boston during the Final Four festivities. Phillips had seven points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots, while Hightower had five points and five rebounds. 


LSU lost three seniors from this past season's team that posted a 31-4 overall record, won a second straight Southeastern Conference regular season title and advanced to the NCAA Final Four for the third consecutive season.

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