Student Athlete of the Week: Reggie Miller, Saltillo HS Boys Basketball
SATILLO, Miss. (WCBI) — During his career with the NBA’s Indiana Pacers, Reggie Miller was a scoring legend. Now, another Reggie Miller is making his mark for the Saltillo Tigers. The 6-4 senior forward is second on the team in scoring at 16 points a game for one of the top teams in the state, but like the NBA legend, Saltillo’s Miller has had to grow into his star status.
“He came in when I got here as a freshman and he’s a really good basketball player. We had some tough times at getting started on the same page and you know new coach and things like that. Players use to old habits and stuff. We changed things around and he’s bought into the package and he’s just playing well for us,” said Satillo Head Coach Craig Lauderdale.
Basketball runs in Reggie’s family. His mother, Tequita, played forward at Wheeler high School and his father Nicholas was a shooting guard on three straight state title teams at Wheeler.
“He can bring everything really. He can shoot, dribble, pass and he’s just a high energy player,” said teammate Jason Smith.
“He’s a fantastic player. He scores in anyway possible. I hand him the ball and he’ll shoot and he’ll score it,” said teammate Carter Meeks.
Reggie’s classroom skills also are top notch. He’s in the top 10 in his class and finds an outlet through English.
“You can calm down and read a lot. You learn a lot of stuff in English and I can learn about a lot of things that I don’t know,” said Student Athlete Reggie Miller.
Several two and four-year colleges have him on their radar, but he says if that doesn’t work out, radiology might be his career move.
“I like to do a lot of x-rays just to know that I’ve been hurt a lot and I could probably deal with a lot of x-rays and bones with everything like that,” said Miller.
And he’s not just big on the court. Last year, he took up track and won the state high jump title, but he and the tigers are back on the court Friday night at West Point.