Prep boys' basketball: Brandon Miller makes most of final games
The trip to school already is different for Brighton sophomore Brock Miller.
He's used to doing just about everything with older brother Brandon, including riding to school each day.
But Brandon Miller, the Bengals' star guard, graduated from high school Tuesday and is preparing to leave for his LDS mission to Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Wednesday.
"It's going to be different," Brock said.
The Miller brothers played a crucial role in the Brighton boys basketball team's run to the Class 5A state semifinals. Brandon, who will play at Utah when he returns from his mission, led the team in scoring. Brock was a key contributor off the bench.
The brothers said they didn't do anything out of the ordinary to mark their final games together last week.
"We knew our time was coming short, and we didn't have that much longer left to play together," Brandon said. "We tried to really cherish it."
Playing with a brother is nothing new for Brandon. He played with older brother Corbin for two years before Corbin graduated and played at Harvard last season, so Brandon always had a brother as a high-school teammate. Corbin currently is serving an LDS mission.
"When he left, it was kind of like time for me to step up and play that real leadership role," Brandon said about Corbin. "I enjoyed it."
Brandon became Brighton's all-time leading scorer during the season, but he put a special emphasis on the state tournament. He said his goal was simple during the Bengals' run last week.
"Going out with a lot of confidence every game and knowing this is it," he said. "This is what I worked for my whole life, up to this point. This is it. It's the state tournament, so you're not guaranteed another game."
Brandon averaged 21.7 points in the state tournament, but the Bengals fell to Lone Peak 53-27 in the semifinals, ending his high-school career.
"It came by fast," Brock said about playing with Brandon. "It was fun, though."