Towanda's Miller finishes career center of attention
WELLSBORO - When Joel Miller started with the Towanda Black Knights, he was a big man on a team built around guards.
By the time his senior year wrapped up on Tuesday in the annual senior game, he was a 6-foot, 7-inch center of attention for the East squad.
A lot has happened in the past four years and it has helped Miller go from a role player to a featured player on an NTL championship team.
"Our last coach was all about speed, it would get fed into the post, but we then kicked it back out to the guards," Miller said. "This year was great, I couldn't ask for more. I don't know where I'd be without coach Napp. He really helped me out."
While Miller has steadily grown throughout high school, it did take a little adjustment getting used to being as tall as he is.
"I grew steady for a few years, I never really had that awkward period," Miller said. "At first I had to get used to it when I played, then I learned how to use my height."
The height is something that came as a bit of a surprise for Miller, while his siblings are fairly tall, they weren't his height.
"I'm the tallest person in my entire family," Miller said.
One of the challenges for Miller over the years was getting used to playing inside against people who had more weight than he did.
"I started out playing outside as a forward, then I started playing more inside as a center," he said. "I had to play some big guys and it was tough."
For Miller a career that started trying to earn time on the court, ended as the East's second leading scorer and included a dunk in his final game.
"It was fun," he said. "It was great to be able to be a part of this."
While high school basketball is over Miller hopes to be able to play at the college level.
"I am going to look to try and walk on at Bloomsburg," he said.
Miller is hoping that his height might be able to be a big asset to him in his chances of playing in college.
"A lot of teams in Division 2, Division 3, a 6-7 kid is someone they might want," Miller said. "They can work with me, I can work to get stronger."
It was tough for Miller knowing that Tuesday was his last time putting on his Towanda basketball jersey, but he hopes it won't be his last game as a basketball player.
"I hope I get to put on another jersey," he said.