At the athletic awards assembly on March 10, Gulf varsity boys basketball coach Steve Feldman announced that the Bucs have retired the jersey of point guard Joe Phillips.

Phillips averaged 24.4 points, five assists, and 3.1 steals this season. He led the county in scoring average, was second in 3-point shooting with a .424 percentage (97 for 229), and was third from the free-throw line with a .444 percentage (106 for 137).

Phillips holds 22 Gulf High records is the second-leading scorer in the school’s history.

At the awards assembly, Coach Feldman called Phillips the best player he has coached in his career.

A Tampa Tribune article on Jan. 26 reported that at that time Phillips was the top scorer in the Bay area, and was the state’s eighth-leading scorer. He was averaging 26.2 points a game when those stats were compiled.