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Brighton’s Brock Miller has big plans

By Mikayla Cooper

Photos by Dave Argyle (DBA Photography)

 

While most seniors are focused on things like prom, their girlfriends or boyfriends, spring break and then summer, Brighton senior Brock Miller is focused on three things: basketball, graduation and his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, all of which will happen in the next two months.

Brighton's Brock Miller on defense from the Bengals' matchup with Lone Peak in the 2013 state tournament. (Photo by Dave Argyle, dbaphotography.com)

Brighton’s Brock Miller on defense from the Bengals’ matchup with Lone Peak in the 2013 state tournament. (Photo by Dave Argyle, dbaphotography.com)

The 6-foot-5 versatile guard has been improving on his natural talent for basketball since the third grade. That hard work and persistence on and off the court piqued the interest of several recruiters. He eventually signed with Utah State, where he plans to major in business and law after his two-year mission to Argentina.

Miller, a McDonald’s All-America nominee, leads the Bengals in points per game with more than 22, and he is one of the state’s top scorers and all-around players.

“He works harder than anyone else,” said teammate Carter Matheson. “He’s always grown up playing. He’s got his older brothers who pushed him to become a better player.”

Miller’s older brothers are both Division I NCAA players. Corbin plays at Harvard and Brandon, who comes home from his mission this month, will play at the University of Utah.

“When Brock plays his best he is unstoppable,” Matheson said. It’s hard to defend a guard with Miller’s size.

That was the case Jan. 13 against Copper Hills. Miller scored 23 points off five 3-pointers in the first half. He finished with 31 points in the 66-51 win.

Miller has gone through several experiences that helped him grow as a person as well as a basketball player. He had the opportunity last April to play for the national team at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Germany.

“It was the greatest experience as an athlete to play against world competition and represent the U.S. in another country,” Miller said of the event that has hosted players like Magic Johnson and Dirk Nowitzki. He called the experience “unforgettable.”

The team took second overall which the U.S. hadn’t done since 1996.

Brock Miller handles the ball in a playoff game against Lone Peak during his sophomore year at Brighton. (Photo by Dave Argyle, dbaphotography.com)

Brock Miller handles the ball in a playoff game against Lone Peak during his sophomore year at Brighton. (Photo by Dave Argyle, dbaphotography.com)

Apart from his basketball achievements, Miller will graduate high school Feb. 26 and leave for his LDS mission Apr. 8. No pressure, though. He doesn’t feel rushed at all.

“I have been preparing and looking forward to this year for a long time,” Miller said.

Miller continues to work hard as his time at Brighton, and home for that matter, winds down.

“It is easy to start things, but it is harder to finish,” said friend and teammate Trevor Jensen.

As a captain for the Brighton team, the first thing Miller hopes to see completed at the highest level is this year’s state basketball tournament. A win there would send him off to the next success on a high note.

 

 

mikaylacooper brighton mugLRBrighton High junior Mikayla Cooper wrote this story as part of the Preps Utah/Nu Skin student journalism program.

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