Captain and floor general of the "Whiz Kids" of Illinois during their glory years, Andy Phillip was considered one of the era's best playmakers. A fierce competitor, Philip played his best in the big games. Ranking among the nation's top collegiate players, Philip led Illinois to Big Ten Championships in 1942 and 1943, as well as an undefeated season in 1943. Known for his quick hands and adept passing ability, Phillip played eleven pro seasons. In 1952, he became the first player in NBA history to register more than 500 assists in a single season. In 1957, the steady playmaker helped lead the Boston Celtics to their first championship.