Off to college: Edmond Santa Fe's Phoenix Bills will continue basketball career at Cabrillo College

Phoenix Bills could have stayed close to home and played basketball, but he says he wanted to go to the school that he felt wanted him the most.
by Scott Wright Published: August 5, 2012

Edmond Santa Fe's Phoenix Bills could have stayed close to home to continue his basketball career. There are plenty of programs in the state and the region that would have welcomed a 6-foot-5 wing with a good outside shot.

In fact, Bills will pass a countless number of such schools on his way to his new home in Aptos, Calif.

That's where he'll begin his college hoops career at Cabrillo College, a two-year school in a suburb of Santa Cruz.

Bills got connected with the school through his AAU coach, Chris Myers of the Oklahoma Impact. And after that, the decision became easy.

“Besides it being right on the beach and 75 degrees every day, I really liked the coaches,” Bills said.

He's being sarcastic — sort of.

“A big thing for me was that I wanted to go to the school that wanted me the most, and I felt like they did,” he said. “To go live in California and play college basketball was a hard thing to turn down. Not a lot of kids from here get to do that.

“I would have hated to have been five years down the road wishing I would have done it.”

by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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