Posted On: 12/14/17 5:00 AM
Mason City’s 6-foot-3 combo guard Dylan Miller is making a huge splash to start his junior season, and has become one of the state’s breakout stars in the early going.
After as small role with a senior-laden squad last season, Miller is the main-man this season. We recently caught up with the good-sized guard, and he discussed his playing style.
“Usually, passing is one of the biggest things for me, and then just bringing the energy; starting off with defense and from there just attacking the basket,” said Miller.
As a sophomore with the Mohawks, Miller averaged 5.7 points per game, this season he’s up to 17.8 points per game, and is shooting 53 percent from the floor.
“Last year, my biggest goal was to just get assists for my teammates; but now, scoring-wise, I have to pick it up and try and attack more, whether that be shooting or driving,” said Miller.
Being the younger brother of former Mohawks standout and current Grand View player Austin Miller, has paid dividends for Austin.
“Growing up with (Austin) definitely made me a better player, I always wanted to be better than him and we were really competitive,” said Dylan. “So, that definitely helped me become the player I am today. And seeing him play just made me want to play just that much more.”
Dylan is also a standout on the diamond, and as a sophomore he played up with the varsity baseball squad, a state tourney team .
He played grassroots ball with North Iowa Fire when he could, and says he has no concrete plans for his 17U grassroots season.
“This year, I don’t know what I’ll do, I haven’t really talked to any coaches or anything. But I’m trying to play with a bigger team, and get seen out there,” said Miller, who mentioned which sport he feels he might pursue at the next level, baseball or basketball.
“Either one for me, I’ve been hearing more interest come in for baseball, college coaches have talked to my coach about me and he’ll let me know.”
He added: “Obviously, I’d like to get seen more and get noticed and just try and get as much scholarship money as a I can; and the goal is to just try and get college paid for.”