Cameron Miller, a senior guard at Salpointe Catholic, finished his high school career with more than 1,000 career points. The pride of his famous father goes beyond the numbers.
“He’s at a great school, that’s No. 1,” Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller said this week.
“He loves it there. That’s what you worry about the most. He’s surrounded by a great group of people — teachers, coaches, his teammates — but he’s had just an overall great experience at Salpointe, on and off the court. As a dad, that’s really all that matters.”
On the court, Cameron Miller scored 21 points last Saturday as the Lancers lost 81-48 in the 4A state championship game to Shadow Mountain, coached by former Arizona All-American point guard Mike Bibby. Miller’s 21 points put him at 1,017 for his career.
“He really became a complete player but consistently scored well in three years at the varsity level,” Salpointe coach Brian Holstrom told AllSportsTucson.com
Miller also scored 18 points in a playoff semifinal victory over Catalina Foothills.
“The fact that he ended in a state championship (game), that’s something that he’ll remember forever and I’m very proud of him. I think he was one of the team’s leaders this year. I think he had a really great attitude and played his best at the end.
“I wish I would have seen it. That’s the downside of being a college basketball coach — that happens and you’re not there. But I know he understands.”
Sean said his wife Amy attended the state title game and tried to keep him updated on its progress.
“She sends stats,” Sean said with a smile. “Doesn’t do a very good job communicating the stats. I’m confused a lot of times in really what she’s sending.”
The Arizona coach said he doesn’t actually talk a lot of basketball with his son.
Again with a big grin, he said: “He’s a teenager who goes to his room and watches TV. I see our players more than him. Even when he’s in our house, he’s really not in our house. He tries to leave as often as possible. Just saying hello to him is difficult.”
(Those with a teen-aged son might understand.)
Cameron has a scholarship offer to Youngstown State and some lower-division schools.
Sean said Cameron could end up at Arizona in a non-playing capacity.
“Just as a student,” Sean said. “He’s working through that, trying to make his decision now.”