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.
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.
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.