ST. LOUIS (USBWA) Mitchell Miller, who will enroll this
fall as a freshman at Arizona State University, has been selected
the winner of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's college
scholarship given annually to the son or daughter of a USBWA member.
Mitchell is the son of longtime USBWA member Craig Miller, former
Villanova sports information director and now the chief media/communications
officer for USA Basketball.
The scholarship is a $1,000 grant awarded annually by the USBWA
for four years.
"Out of an exemplary collection of applicants, Mitchell stood
out and the USBWA is pleased to present him with its annual scholarship,"
said USBWA President Dana O'Neil of espn.com.
"Mitchell excelled not only in the classroom in high school but
also as an athlete and active member of the Colorado Springs community.
On behalf of the USBWA, it is my pleasure to wish Mitchell well
and congratulate him on a deserving scholarship."
Mitchell, who plans to study aeronautical engineering at Arizona
State, has been accepted to Barrett, The Honors College, at Arizona
State. He graduated with honors from The Classical Academy at Air
Academy High School in Colorado Springs. He was a member of the
National Honor Society for three years and named a Commended Student
in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.
He was a starting offensive and defensive tackle in football
at The Classical Academy and earned academic all-state honorable
mention honors as a junior and senior.
He also was the leading scorer on the Air Academy High School
lacrosse team and ranked as the No. 3 attack and No. 20 player overall
in Colorado by StudentSportsLacrosse.com.
"As a lacrosse coach and educator, I look for student-athletes
who can lead both on the field and inspire off the field," said
Air Academy High School varsity assistant coach Chris Snyder. "Mitchell
was that kind of an athlete."
Mitchell volunteered his time to serve the community through
The Classical Academy SerTeen Club and was a volunteer at camps
and clinics to help others learn about basketball, skiing, lacrosse
and football. Hes a wonderful young man with a good heart, a great
student and an incredible athlete, said his mathematics teacher,
John Knuth, at The Classical Academy.
Last year's USBWA scholarship winner was Mitchell Forde of Louisville,
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in
1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers.
With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential
organizations in college basketball. For more information on the
USBWA and its award programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch