Clinton High 2012 graduate J.T. Miller is having a successful year so far at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Not only is he the third leading scorer on the basketball team, but he is keeping his GPA at 3.7.
In the beginning of the non-conference season, Miller was forced to sit out games nursing a sore knee, but since December he’s back on the court full-force.
Playing in the 7th Annual Big Apple Classic at the Barclays Center in New York, Miller hit the game-winning basket with 16 seconds left in overtime against Delaware State for a 64-62 win.
This game was played in front of 7,000 screaming fans.
In a recent phone interview, Miller was asked about continuing his basketball career at Howard University and if it has measured up to everything he imagined it would be.
“I feel like I’m part of a brotherhood being on the team,” Miller explained.
As for the team’s head coach, Kevin Nickelberry, Miller said his personality takes over the team to help make them better and that he always keeps the team’s best interest in mind in all his decisions.
Despite the camaraderie he has with his teammates, Miller said playing in such a big arena took some getting used to
“It’s really fun for me, but I was nervous at the beginning. After the first games I managed to get over it, so now I can really enjoy playing more,” he added.
As for being a college athlete, Miller said, “Yes, it’s pretty much everything I expected. There’s a big demand on being a student athlete. I’m busy all the time and it can be overwhelming, but I’m starting to adjust to being on the road all the time.”
Looking back at that highlight when Miller hit “THE” shot against Delaware in the Big Apple, the Clinton grad was given the chance he has been waiting for. He put his hands on the ball and his mind to what he knew he was capable of doing.
Miller ended up with 15 points in the game and is looking forward to seeing a lot more action in the Mideastern Athletic Conference this season.
He is the son of Dwight and Terrance Miller of Clinton.
Howard hosts Maryland Eastern Shore at 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon.