Phil Hodson, a native of Yorktown, Indiana, came to Memphis in 1948 to play basketball for coach McCoy Terry. In his four years as a Tiger he scored 1,222 points in 101 games.
He averaged 9.6 points per game as a freshman and raised his average to 11,8 points per game during his second season. As a junior Hodson scored 288 points for an 11.5 average and capped his senior season by scoring 422 for a 13.2 scoring mark. In 1951 he helped lead the Tigers to the NAIB Tournament. The team won its first four games before being knocked out of the event.
During his four years with the Tigers, the teams compiled an overall record of 65-37. In addition to basketball, Hodson lettered in baseball for the Tigers. After a successful career as a high school coach in Tennessee and Indiana, Hodson died on April 13, 1980.