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Prep boys’ basketball: Brighton’s Miller is a man on a mission

Brighton senior Brandon Miller is 36 points away from becoming school’s all-time leading scorer.

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"Practice doesn’t make perfect," he said with a long pause, "Perfect practice makes perfect."

These next six weeks, Brandon Miller has a shot at perfection.

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» Brighton senior guard, averaging 20 points per game and is shooting over 40 percent from 3-point land.

» University of Utah commit leaves for his two-year LDS mission to Buenos Aires, Argentina, on March 13.

» Set to graduate early from Brighton on March 7

» Older brother Corbin, currently on his LDS mission, is playing at Harvard. Father Bret played at BYU-Hawaii and grandfather Larry Miller played at UNLV.

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There are mountains to climb, late-game shots to hit, defense to be played and, if it is written as meant-to-be, a rematch with Lone Peak in the 5A state title game — one last high school hurrah against Nick Emery and TJ Haws and the Knights, a group Miller grew up playing with since the second grade.

"More this year than ever, I’ve just tried to cherish as much as I can and enjoy as much as I can," he said, "but my mindset remains the same for every game."

There aren’t many star high school athletes who have a significant amount of work to complete in such a congested time frame, but Miller has proved his ability to rise to the occasion. He averaged 20 points per game in last year’s run to the 5A title game.

But the short 40-minute drive southbound to Provo looms for Brighton’s star, and as he reiterated, there is time to write the last chapter of his time as a Bengal.

"I plan on picking up right where I left off," he said.

Where he leaves off and with how many more accolades and memories is up to him in these final days of everyday high school life.

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