Student-Athlete Spotlight

Wings Over Broadway Student-Athlete Spotlight: Walden Grove hoops standout Mason Miller is running a series of brief stories about Southern Arizona high school senior student-athletes entering this school year. The series, first-person accounts from the student-athletes, continues with a profile on Walden Grove guard Mason Miller.

Mason Miller

School: Walden Grove

Mason Miller is averaging 16.1 points and 5.2 rebounds a game (Walden Grove photo)

I used to just play basketball at recess everyday for years, but I was never good. I played in middle school until I eventually started playing in YMCA leagues in 8th grade.

After playing my freshman year in high school, I started playing real club ball (AAU) and I started to really develop into the player I am today. It helped me make varsity my sophomore year and I’ve made varsity every year since, until making second-team all-region as well as third-team all-city last year.

My greatest hope was to get a senior season and to have a positive record for our season, maybe even win our region (the Red Wolves are 6-6 overall and 4-2 in the 4A Gila). I like our energy this year as a team. We are very charismatic and hyped every game.

We are all energy — a new experience for me because usually I’ve had one or two energy guys on my team and everyone else is usually pretty calm. This year, from our bench to our coaches to our starters, we’re all energy. It’s even affecting me a bit. It fuels the team.

My future goals beyond school is to go to college, and if possible, play basketball there. I’d love to go to a community college to play. If I don’t commit somewhere, I will end up going to Pima for my associates degree and then transfer to a university for my bachelors degree.

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