Hilltoppers: All Saints sends athletes to SMU, St. Edward's

Published on Monday, 8 May 2017 20:53 - Written by Travis Yoesting, tyoesting@tylerpaper.com

Two All Saints history makers are headed to the Hilltop, albeit in different ways and different cities.

The senior duo of Sean Phillips and Macie Jones signed letters of intent to continue their favorite sports in college at Bruce G. Brookshire Gym on Monday.

Phillips pledged to play basketball for the St. Edward’s University Hilltoppers in Austin after becoming the first Trojan to play in three TAPPS state final fours.

Jones signed to be a cheerleader at the Hilltop, Southern Methodist in Dallas, becoming the first All Saints cheerleader to sign with an NCAA Division I university.

Phillips leaves All Saints as the program’s third all-time leading scorer. He was named district co-MVP as a junior and senior in addition to being named to the 2017 TAPPS all-state first team.

A 6-5 guard, Phillips went from being a key contributor off the bench on a state contender as a freshman to becoming the main man in his senior year, averaging 17.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.3 steals per game.

“Sean is not only one of the best basketball players to ever go through All Saints Episcopal School, he is also one of the best people,” said All Saints athletic director and former boys basketball coach Eddie Francis, who has known Phillips all his life.

Phillips’ parents have long been a part of All Saints; his mother, Marsha, as girls basketball coach and dad, Mike, as athletic director. Marsha played basketball at North Texas and Kilgore College, where she was later inducted into the hall of fame.

Part of what drew Phillips to St. Edward’s, an NCAA D-II school, was its similarities with the school at which he spent 15 years.

“The environment at St. Edward’s is pretty much I think the same (as All Saints) and that’s why I loved it so much,” Phillips said.

Phillips played in the Azalea Orthopedics All-Star game and will play in the Texas vs. Oklahoma All-Star Game.

Having finished his high school career with a 119-27 record, Phillips goes to the state capital with a few bragging rights.

“I actually know some of the guys that I’ll be teammates with and I’m glad to say I beat their teams,” Phillips said.

While not a sport that typically involves a ball, Jones will be putting her athletic talents on display at SMU after spending thousands of hours working on her craft, driving to the Metroplex multiple times each week to train.

After two years on the All Saints cheerleader squad (plus one at Grace Community), her efforts helped her make history for the Lady Trojans.

“It’s definitely an incredible feeling,” Jones said. “A lot of hard work was put into it and it’s definitely all worth it in the end.”

Jones competes with a cheerleading squad that finished first in the country and fourth in the world and has been named an All-American multiple times.

She said she’s most looking forward to basketball games at Moody Coliseum and picked SMU over Baylor and TCU.

“I chose SMU because it is a family school,” Jones said. “I’ve always loved it. I love the campus and the small-school feel of it. ... SMU always stood out for me.”