The Kalamazoo College Men’s Basketball team took down conference leading Calvin College 79-70 Wednesday night, behind senior Josh Miller’s 25 points. For Miller, the game provided reinforcement for his college decision four years ago.
“Coming from Grand Rapids and going to Calvin Christian High School, Calvin College was always on my list for potential colleges.” Miller said.
But Calvin only offered Miller a spot on their JV team coming out of high school, which played a role in his decision to come to K. “The coach at Kalamazoo at the time was heavily recruiting me to come play basketball here,” Miller said, “and there was no JV team so I’d be able to play on Varsity right away.”
The opportunity to play right away and some encouragement from his family helped Miller make his decision to come to Kalamazoo. “My mom pushed me to step out of my comfort zone a look at what would be better for me and my growth as a person and I chose to come to K.”
Even with the chance to play right away, there was an adjustment period for Miller, on and off the court. His first year he played only nine minutes per game. “The physicality of college basketball has forced me to adapt,” he said, “I came in at around 185 pounds and now I’m around 240, despite what the roster says.”
His adjustments have paid dividends with year by year improvement, Miller has seen an increase minutes per game, points per game, and rebounds per game each season. This season through six games in conference play Miller leads Kalamazoo in scoring with 12.5 points per game, shooting 57% from the floor.
Adjustments have been a big part of Miller’s time at K outside of basketball too, “Off the court, I’ve learned to step out of my comfort zone more” Miller said. “I’ve made new friends over the years who I enjoy being around and who I can be myself around.”
Much like with his growth on the court, his experiences in the classroom have also reassured Miller that he made the right choice. “I have become more confident in my academics,” he said, “and have learned a lot that has helped me figure out what I want to do for my career and be confident that I made the right choice coming to K.”
Beating Calvin in each of the past two seasons has been like the icing on the cake for Miller, “Getting a couple wins against Calvin has been extra rewarding and has helped reinforce that I made the right decision in coming here.” he added. Miller and the rest of the Hornets will have a chance for a season sweep of the Knights this year after Wednesday night’s victory in their first meeting of the season.
The Hornets (5-11) return to the court Wednesday on the road at Adrian College (7-10), and will be home at the Anderson Athletic Center again this Saturday when they take on Alma College (8-9).