Former Kentucky center Mike Phillips has died

Mike Phillips

Sources have informed WLEX 18 in Lexington that former center Mike Phillips, 59, has died.

A source tells LEX 18 that Phillips died from a fall in his home in Madisonville, on Saturday. Details of the accident are not known at this time.

The  6’10” center, who was Mr. Basketball in Ohio in 1973 and 1974, was a big key in winning the Championship in 1978. An all- player, Mike avereged 11 points and 6 rebounds during his career.

Following graduation, Phillips was drafted by the in the 1978 Draft, but never played in the NBA. In 1979, he found his way to Spain where he had a fruitful career. Phillips played six years in Spain’s top league (Liga ACB), winning a league championship in 1981 with FC Barcelona Bàsquet. For his ACB career, Phillips scored 4,423 points (23.2 per game) and grabbed 1,765 rebounds (9.2 per game) in his six seasons.