By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
North Linn senior Ryan Miller made his college choice official on Tuesday afternoon by signing a letter of intent to play Men’s Basketball for Grand View University in Des Moines. The 5-11 shooting guard averaged 24.3 points while shooting 60 percent from the floor and 43% from behind the three-point line. Miller talked about the factors he looked at the most in making his decision:
North Linn co-head coach Mike Hilmer says he believes Grand View is a great fit for Ryan and talks about all the positives he offers as a committed player:
According to an article on the school’s Athletics website gvvikings.com, 20-year Men’s Basketball head coach Denis Schaefer had this to say:
“We are excited to have Ryan join our basketball program, he brings a success-driven and winning mentality to the Vikings and he is an extremely competitive athlete who also excels in the classroom. Ryan has been well coached and part of a winning culture at North Linn. We look forward to seeing Ryan continue to develop as a basketball player as he fully shifts his attention to the sport.” Grand View was 19-12 last season and loses 7 seniors.
Miller said his time in the Lynx Basketball family led by co-head coach Mike Hilmer was great learning experience and will be cherished:
Miller became the All-Time Boys leading scorer in school program history in early February, surpassing Lynx 1994 graduate John Flanagan, to finish his career with 1,757 points. Even though that means a lot to him the humble spoken Miller didn’t hesitate when asked what his favorite memory of Lynx hoops would be:
Miller finished third in the state for all classes in total points scored with 704 this past season. He also led the team in rebounding with 5.3 rebounds per contest. That championship game in early March was the first ever in Boys Basketball program history at North Linn in their 4th state appearance since 1976, it ended with the first runner-up finish as they fell short to Grand View Christian 49-46. The Lynx won a school best 28 games in the 2017-18 campaign and posted a record of 94-10 in the four seasons Miller played varsity ball. Coach Hilmer talks more about just how special Miller’s career was:
Miller is a 4-sport athlete and was a 4-year All-Conference performer, 3-year All-District player, and 2-year All-State player in basketball. He was also a 2-year All-State player in baseball with his senior season still approaching and excelled in Football and Track which he is involved in this spring. Ryan, who is the son of David and Sherri Miller of Walker, will join his older sister Nicole in Des Moines as she will be a senior for the Drake women’s Basketball team. Nicole, a 2015 graduate of North Linn is the All-Time leading scorer in Lynx Basketball program history with 2,207 career points. They have one other sibling, Austin, who is a sophomore 3-sport athlete at North Linn.