Andy Phillip is the only Illini elected to the National Basketball Hall of Fame as a player. His Illini career was highlighted as a three-time consensus All-American and All-Big Ten selection. A star on the baseball field as well, Phillip was additionally named 1947 All-American in that sport. He was the most decorated member of famed Whiz Kids. Phillip went on to an 11-year NBA career, with five appearances in the NBA All-Star Game and twice earning second-team All-NBA honors. He is a member of the Illinois All-Century Team and was the 1943 Sporting News National Player of the Year. Phillip was a two-time consensus First-Team All-American in 1942 and 1943, and consensus Second-Team All-American in 1947. Phillip died in 2001 at the age of 79.