Myles Miller is your Danger Player Spotlight this week! Myles, a Grand Rapids Native, was invited late onto the team and has been making a name for himself ever since. The Danger point guard recently graduated from Grand Valley State University with a finance degree where he also played basketball. Now, finished with school, Miller has a bright future with many options, and basketball is first up on the list. Miller is learning the game on a whole new level and is striving to move forward down a professional path in the near future. As the Danger move closer to the Championship series in San Antonio with the help of Miller, the future certainly looks bright for this hungry athlete.
Early Years and Basketball Beginnings
Q: Where are you from?
A: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Q: When and how did you first start playing basketball?
A: It had to be around 6th grade. My dad got me on a team over at Kingdom Square. My coach was Michael Spicer and it was my first time playing organized basketball. I remember feeling really nervous. It was a big deal at the time because my dad was good in his day so I think people wanted to watch to see how I would do. That got me nervous playing in front of people but I always liked the sport. As I got more sure of myself and played more the jitters went away.
Q: Where did you attend High school?
A: I attended two different high schools. Freshman and sophomore year I went to Caledonia and after sophomore year I went to Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills. After soph.
Q: What was the reason for the change in schools?
A: We were always in the Grand Rapids area, but my mom got a promotion at her job where she got to travel more, mostly to Detroit. She was our ride to school, so it worked better for her to drive us to Ottawa than to Caledonia on her way to work.
Q: Where did you attend College?
A: I just graduated this April from Grand Valley State University.
Q: What was your area of study?
A: I majored in finance at the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley.
Professional beginning and Future Aspirations
Q: Do have plans to work in that field now that you’re graduated?
A: As far as finance, I just completed an internship with Northwestern Mutual as a licensed financial representative. In the future, I’d like to be a Wealth Management Advisor. My ultimate goal would be to be a hedge fund manager and invest in something huge and watch it grow. But right now I’m just focussed on hoop dreams.
Q: As basketball being your main focus, what are your goals going forward?
A: Playing with the Danger has been a lot of fun and a huge learning experience. It’s been great learning a different style of playing, rules and adjusting to a more professional environment. Going forward, I want to play overseas to start and continue to work my way up. Maybe something in the G- league, maybe NBA. As high as I can go if that makes sense.
Q: Tell me about your transition to the Danger. How did you hear about the team and what made you want to pursue signing with the Danger?
A: I actually got a Facebook message from Bernard (Danger Intern) telling me that the danger was looking for a point guard and my name came to his mind. He invited me to a practice and upon my own research I found out Allen was the owner. I knew him from playing at Grace Bible College and he’s good friends with my brother. I also knew Trent and Arsenio played on the team. These were all added incentives to join the team. The practice went well and I was offered a contract. I was very excited. It’s a baby step in my plan to sign my first contract.
Q: What have you enjoyed most so far playing for the Danger?
A: The guys on the team, really. The team and the experience. We’ve traveled a lot more than I thought we were going to. Playing all these different teams, and with the difference in spacing versus college, gives me the ability to out-think the players. I'm not a huge guy so I out-think different strategies on the court.
Q: What are your goals for this season playing for the Danger? Personally and as a team?
A: Personally, I want to continue to grow and learn from every player on our team, coaches and our owner, Allen. I want to be a sponge and learn and be in every situation possible to gain as much experience as I can. As a team, I really think that we are a championship contender. We've seen Alabama and took them down to the wire with some of our key players missing. We’re excited and I think everyone should be excited to watch the championships because we’re really a contender.
Interesting facts: Inside the Mind of Myles Miller
Q: Ok, a few background questions for you; first, what is your most memorable basketball moment?
A: Oh, that’s a tough one, I have to say two. My first moment has to be my first collegiate dunk. We were down in Ohio playing Walsh and it was a great moment because nobody thought I was going to dunk it, so that made it feel even better when I did. My second moment happened this past season playing for Grand Valley playing in Ohio against Ashland and Tiffin. I had a combined 50 points in two games and that was huge. It felt good to score like that again after high school to college. When you get to college you accept a different role and you don’t really score like you did in college.
Q: What is your most embarrassing basketball moment?
A: It had to be 6th grade when I almost scored a layup on the wrong basket. That has to be my worst moment.
Q: Do you have a pre-game ritual or routine?
A: The crazy thing is, I really don’t. Before every game though, I do take a second just to relax my mind. I’ll take 5-10 minutes by myself. I’m always too anxious to get out there, I just want to go but, In the point guard position you can’t be frantic.
Q: Who is your favorite music artist/band?
A: Right now favorite artist would have to be J Cole.
Q: Who is your favorite athlete?
A: Isaiah Thomas just because of what he’s been able to accomplish at the highest level of basketball is remarkable to me.
Q: What is your favorite sports team to follow?
A: The University of Michigan, mainly basketball.
Q: If you could play another sport besides basketball, what would it be and why?
A: I would be a kicker on a football team. I should have just practiced kicking every weekend and I could have been a pro kicker somewhere.
Q: Outside of basketball, what do you like to do? Do you have any hobbies?
A: I’m really big into listening to music. I also like to just hang out with friends a family. I’m really into shoes too. I like buying them, cleaning them. I don’t really have a favorite brand, but I mostly have Nike’s or Jordan’s.
Q: What's something not a lot of people know about you?
A: I can do a backflip.
Q: If you could have dinner with any three people, living or not, who would they be?
A: Isaiah Thomas, Martin Luther King Jr., and Michael Jordan.