Men's College Basketball

Trail Blazers' Miller earns All-American honor

March 22, 2019 - Danville, IL - John Wood's Cory Miller, Jr., celebrates a bucket by teammate Carter Cramsey during their NJCAA national tournament consolation bracket basketball game on Friday. The Trail Blazers defeated the Lakers 72-63 advancing to the 5th place game at Mary Miller Complex on the Danville Area Community College campus tomorrow. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)
Clark Brooks
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Apr. 8, 2019 8:30 pm

QUINCY -- When John Wood Community College men's basketball coach Brad Hoyt looked at Cory Miller Jr.'s complete body of work, he figured some national recognition was coming.

"His stat line is worthy of being an All-American," Hoyt said.

The fact Miller collected those numbers against the second toughest schedule in the nation, according to NJCAA rankings, wowed Hoyt even more.

"And what those stats don't show are his competitive nature, his motor and his ability to impact the game even when he's not scoring," Hoyt said. "That's what sets him apart."

The rest of the nation recognized it, too. Miller Jr., the 6-foot-3 sophomore guard who is a Unity graduate and the 2017 Herald-Whig Player of the Year, was named a first-team NJCAA Division II All-American on Monday. He is one of 10 players named to the first team and one of 30 recognized by the NJCAA overall.

Miller is the fourth player in JWCC history to receive first-team All-American honors, joining Joel Box (2005), TJ Tisdell Jr. (2014) and Jordan Johnson (2015).

"Every honor he gets he's earned," Hoyt said.

Miller led the Trail Blazers to a sixth-place finish at the NJCAA national tournament with a memorable performance in the four games in Danville, Ill. He averaged a tournament-best 25.8 points, shot 50.8 percent from the field, 53.3 percent from 3-point range and 72.9 percent from the line, to go along with eight rebounds per game.

His final game was one of his best as he finished with 29 points, made 11 of 14 shots from the field and grabbed 14 rebounds in an 85-68 loss to Milwaukee Area Tech.

That kind of do-it-all effort is what the Trail Blazers came to expect.

Overall, Miller averaged 21.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He shot 50.7 percent from the field, 44.6 percent from 3-point range and 77.5 percent from the line. He was named the Region 24 and the Mid-West Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Year.

Miller is receiving recruiting interest from several NCAA Division I and II and likely will decide where he will transfer to in the next few weeks.