Seaman 6-foot-4 senior shooting guard Joe Miller has been taking visits and is considering his options for college.
Miller, the second-ranked 2015 prospect in Topeka, has received interest from Division I schools, but is currently considering three Division II schools—Central Missouri, Drury, and Northwest Missouri State.
“I have no problem playing at any of the Division II schools,” Miller said. “At Drury, Central, and Northwest, people really care about those programs. I’d be super happy to be a part of that.”
Miller has taken official visits to Northwest Missouri State and Drury earlier this month and will visit Central Missouri this upcoming weekend.
“I feel like after I take this Central visit, I’ll talk with my mom a lot and think about (my decision) for as long as I need to and talk to my summer coach, and I’ll have no problem making a decision because any of those three schools, I’m not going to go wrong,” Miller said. “I think it’s a pretty safe decision. I just want to make sure I get the right fit.”
Central Missouri won the national championship last season and Drury won it the year before.
Miller, who has a 3.6 GPA and a 22 on the ACT, had been receiving Division I interest from schools such as Fresno State, Stephen F. Austin, South Dakota, UMass-Lowell, Nebraska-Omaha, and SIUE among others.
“I had a lot of conversations with a lot of Division I coaches, but just never got any offers,” Miller said.
SIUE is still in contact with Miller and would like for him to take an official visit there and he took an unofficial there over the summer, but they have not offered him a scholarship.
He also considered the option of walking-on at Wichita State. The Shockers have received a verbal commitment from Landry Shamet, who Miller has played with in the summer on the KC Pumas. Pumas coach Darin Mason has talked with Miller and WSU about potentially walking-on.
“I talked to my summer coach and he asked me if I was interested in walking-on at any of the higher-major schools in Kansas,” Miller said. “He was convinced that I could walk-on at KU, K-State, or Wichita State if I wanted to. After Landry committed to Wichita State, I told my coach to check it out and see if I could walk-on and he talked to coach (Steve) Forbes and I talked to coach Forbes and he said they’d love to have me. They trust coach Mason’s word and if he thinks I can do that, then they’re totally cool with that and they’d love to have me as a preferred walk-on, but I’m 90 percent sure I’m not going to go that route. I’ve worked too hard and I want to play.”
Miller is disappointed that a Division I offer hasn’t came in, but he’s looking forward to his future.
“After visiting these Division II schools, I’m almost glad that it didn’t happen because I think I’m going to be really successful at some of these schools and have a chance, not only to go there and play four years and play basketball, but also be close to home that I can come back when I want to,” Miller said. “Hopefully I’ll be able to play a lot my freshman year and win lots of games, that’s fun and I think I’m really going to enjoy it.”
Miller is unsure if he will sign during the early signing period in November.
His senior season begins in early December and he’s looking forward to leading the Vikings, who could be a surprise this year after going 8-13 last year. The Vikings also feature seniors Reid Morgart, Hunter Poort, and Reid Fehr, juniors Josiah Hazim and Ryan Zeferjahn, and sophomore Tanyon Schafer.
“This season is going to have a whole different feel than any other season I’ve played at Seaman,” Miller said. “I feel like this is really our chance to really be good and have a team and get lots of win. I think our whole team realizes that. I think you’re going to see a whole different squad this year.”