Seaman shooting guard Joe Miller signed a letter of intent with the University of Central Missouri on Wednesday at a ceremony at his school, which was attended by over 50 people including family members, teammates, students, and coaches on the last day of the early signing period.
“It felt really good, it was cool and all, but I’m kind of excited just to be done with it and move on because I feel like I’ve been committed for a while now,” Miller said. “It was just cool to make it official.”
Miller, a first-team all-city pick as a junior, picked the reigning Division II national champs over other schools such as Northwest Missouri State and Drury. The coaching staff, led by Doug Karleskint, is excited to have Miller in their program.
“They were real excited, I got a voicemail from coach (Ryan) Hellenthal and he sounded really excited,” Miller said. “I called him back and he was really excited. I was texting coach Karleskint earlier and they are just real happy. I think they see me coming in there being able to play real soon and have a big role.”
The 6-foot-4 shooter was a first-team All-City selection as a junior averaging 14.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.0 steals in 17 games for the Vikings. He shot 43 percent from the field and 36 percent from behind the 3-point line, which included making 34 3-pointers.
He had a strong finish to his junior season averaging 18.8 points over his final four games as the Vikings finished 8-13.
As a senior, Miller is looking to lead the Vikings to their first winning season since 2010 when they finished 13-9 and advance to the state tournament for the first time since an improbable run in 2007.
“I’m really excited, this is definitely going to be our year to have a real good season,” Miller said. “As a team I feel we’re a lot closer this year and as a team attitude, everyone is in the same boat and everyone is trying to go out there and win.”
His goals for the Vikings include: “A state championship, that would be a big one and a league championship definitely.”
Miller believes sophomore small forward Tanyon Schafer is poised for a breakout season after averaging 2.6 points in nine games as a freshman.
“I think he’ll definitely be starting and is going to have a breakout season for sure and do some big good things,” Miller said. “First of all, he has super long arms, like deceptively long, he blocks a lot of shots and grabs a lot of rebounds. He shoots the ball really well and shoots 3s really well. Other than that he can post up and is crafty around the rim.”
Miller played his summer ball with the KC Pumas.