In our Gordy's Athlete of the Week segment, SportScene 13's Justus Cleveland takes a look back at what was a memorable day for former Eau Claire Regis basketball standout Connor Miller who returned to his home state last weekend with a trip to Madison.
In high school at Eau Claire Regis, Connor Miller was able to play on the Kohl Center floor in the state tournament, but this past Saturday, with friends and family watching, he got the chance to take on the Badgers as a starter for the Samford University Bulldogs.
Miller, now a sophomore at the Birmingham, Alabama based school, is averaging seven points a game and though Samford is just 3-11 on the season, he knows his team has the potential to improve. Miller says,
"We are a pretty young team , a lot of freshman and sophomores, right now it's a turning point in the season. The freshman are starting to realize they are not freshman anymore they can start to contribute more and more and we all have to pick up or game and get better."
Miller played in 24 games last year for the Bulldogs as a freshman and has started every game this season. The coaching staff likes the effort that he shows on the floor. Coach Bennie Seltzer says, "He has worked very hard, we depend on Connor a lot, he plays a lot of minutes and we are asking him to do a lot of things for our basketball team and without complaints he tries to do everything we ask him to do."
On this night, despite putting up a season-high 12 points, Connor and his Bulldog teammates fell to the Badgers 87-51, but anytime Miller can play on the Kohl Center floor, it is special for him. Miller says, "Yeah, I came down my freshman year and also my junior year so I played three games total on the court before this. I mean I would love to have the opportunity to come back, it's always nice to have a dream come true and play at the Kohl Center in front of a lot of family and friends."