Athlete Profile: Kaeden Miller

Tigerton junior continuing to improve on basketball court

TIGERTON — While the wins have eluded the Tigerton High School boys basketball team this winter, that hasn’t stopped junior Kaeden Miller from piling up the points.

Miller is averaging about 20 points per game to go along with four rebounds and two assists.

The junior tallied over 19 points in six of the team’s first seven games. Over that span, he hit four 3-pointers in a game three different times.

“I’ve seen Kaeden grow as not only an athlete but as a kind person,” said Tigerton coach Kent Wheeles. “He has made considerable improvement to his game over the last couple years, and we are now seeing the fruits of his labor. Kaeden is vital to our success as a team as he is not only a top-notch shooter but is unselfish, too, and is willing to pass the ball, knowing he doesn’t have to pad his stats every game. He is a team-first player, and I couldn’t be more proud of him.”

Q: When did your interest in basketball begin?

A: I didn’t start playing until sixth grade, but my true interest in the sport didn’t hit until I was in eighth grade. However, I was very upset because I broke my wrist at the start of the year (eighth grade). After working throughout the offseason, my mind said, “This is what I love to do.”

Q: What is your favorite part about the basketball season?

A: The best part of the basketball season is definitely being around everyone, and growing bigger and healthier connections as the year goes on. That’s not just with my teammates; that’s also with those who I compete against.

Q: You’re off to a strong start to your junior season. Is there anything you’d like to accomplish by the end of the season — either as an individual or with your team?

A: Overall, I want our team to be the best we can on and off the court. I want people to know that we’re much better than we get credit for.

Q: What does the game of basketball mean to you?

A: Basketball to me is much more than just a sport. It’s honestly an escape route for me. It always gives me a way out throughout difficult times that come in my life.

Q: Most teams probably come into games trying to slow you down on the offensive end, but you’re still averaging around 20 points a game. How do your teammates and coaches help you still be so successful on the court?

A: The biggest thing they do is believe in me. They believe that I can execute on the court to the best of my ability.

Q: Becoming a strong outside shooter isn’t something that happens overnight. So how did you become the outside shooter you are today?

A: I would like to thank Brian Butch and his staff, as well as the head coach, players and staff of the UWSP men’s basketball team. They worked with me over this past summer with many areas of the game, such as perimeter shooting.

Q: What areas of the game does the team need to improve in as the season continues on?

A: I don’t see any areas that are perfected by us yet. I believe that we can improve on every aspect of our game. We have a great group of guys and a coach who brings out the best in every one of us. We can’t wait to see what the second half of the season holds.

Q: What’s your favorite memory of competing on the Tigerton boys basketball team?

A: Hitting five 3s in a half was the biggest memory on the team so far. Having such an adrenaline rush and so much hype, it feels like you’re shooting into an ocean.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do when you are not in school or competing in a high school sport?

A: I really love finding new music to listen to. Music is a huge part of my day — I’d say it plays around 8-10 hours of my day. It’s just one of those things I need.

Q: Favorite movie, TV show and musical artist?

A: My favorite movie is “Baby Driver.” My favorite things to watch are ESPN or basketball — I can never get enough of it. My favorite musical artist is a rapper by the name of NF. I can truly relate to his music.

Q: Name one thing about yourself that not many people know?

A: I really like racing hydroplanes in the summer time. In the fall, I find my best interest in duck hunting and trout fishing.

Q: What is the greatest piece of advice you have ever been told?

A: I was told to keep doing what I’m doing. No matter what you think, there’s always someone out there who takes notice. It gives me motivation to keep doing better and better every day, on and off the court.

AT A GLANCE

Athlete: Kaeden Miller

Sport: Boys basketball

Position: Guard

School: Tigerton High School

Year: Junior