Phil Schlegel excelled on the basketball court at every level. He was rewarded for his excellent play by being recognized as the best in his field, garnering All American player status in high school and All Conference honors at college.
Schlegel played high school basketball for the Parkwood Bears. During his 1980 junior season he was recognized for his outstanding play by being selected to many All Star teams. Schelegel was chosen to the All State, All District and All Conference teams.
From his constant hard work, Schlegel improved during the off season finished his senior year averaging 31.6 points a game with twelve rebounds. His scouring average was so impressive he led the entire state of Missouri in scoring. Again for the second year in a row Schlegel was recognized as one of the best basketball players in the state of Missouri. This time he was elected to the first team All State, first team All District and first team All Conference. At the time Schlegel was the career-scoring leader in Missouri with 1,622 total points, which averaged out to 20.8 points per game. He also led his Parkwood Bears team to a 21 win and 6 loss season. This team would make school history by winning the first Ozark Conference title.
Following his remarkable 1981 regular season, Schlegel was asked to play in Akron, Ohio in the ninth annual All-American Cage Classic, a 16-team showcase featuring most of the nation’s blue chip players. Only two players were selected from Missouri to play in the competition.
Playing in three games with the country’s best, he started all three games and played both guard and forward positions, shooting a formidable 70% from the field. Schlegel scored 23 points in the first game and averaged 15 points in the last two games. He was selected on the 10-man all-tournament first team.
At 6’6” Schlegel possessed a super touch with a very quick release. The BC Scouting Service of St. Petersburg, Florida referred to him as one of the top “35 Sweetest Shooters in America”.
After graduating from Parkwood Schlegel signed a letter of intent to play at Oral Roberts University (ORU). Part of his decision to go ORU was because of his good friend, Cat Johnson.
After completing his freshmen season Schlegel transferred to Missouri State University. During his senior year he helped lead the Bears to the school’s first post-season play. At Missouri State University Schlegel excelled both in the classroom and on the court. He earned two notable awards as a first team player for the Mid Continent Conference as well as first team Academic All Conference honors.
Schlegel was given the University’s highest honor when he was elected to the Missouri State University Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.