Ah, a good night of basketball. A crazy game at KU, with the Jayhawks winning. I missed it, but I was watching Andover Central defeat Wichita West 92-79. Marshall Miller was the man, folks. The man, I say. 35 points, 17 rebounds. Don’t try to give me any smack that he’s not as good as anyone else in this area because of, whatever you might say. The kid can play. He’s got strong post moves, he’s so athletic, he has sweet moves to the basket, he can hit the three, he rebounds well, he plays great defense, he has excellent passing skills, and my goodness, he had a monster dunk on a rebound.
He’s D-I caliber. But I’ll get into that in a minute.
In other games, Dodge beat South, Andover beat Liberal, Kapaun beat Ark City, McPherson beat Salina South, Hutchinson beat Salina Central.
In girls, Topeka beat Southeast, Heights beat Derby (and didn’t score 100), Manhattan beat East, Maize beat Campus and Northwest beat North.
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OK, back to Miller.
So we’ve been talking around here about what makes Heights junior Evan Wessel a Division I player but not Miller?
Jeffrey Lutz has stated that they seem like such similar players with similar abilities. I think he’s right.
This is why he’s not Division I — Miller is interested in just going to college to study entrepreneurship, not play basketball.
Of course we’re all blown away because isn’t it everybody’s dream to play college ball? Right? Right?
And then you remember Cole Graddy from a few years ago. A nice, smooth player with a great shot and he was an All-Stater from Wichita Trinity but he chose to attend college at WSU — and just go to school.
Miller admitted that he loves basketball, he’s drawn to it, as he said. But with the economy the way it is, he knows he needs a job in four years and so he wants to focus on his studies, hit his academics hard for four years.
I applaud him for that. (and yet I want to see him play D-I ball, but then, I’m selfish)
So good luck to Marshall.