Purcellville, VA (April 19, 2017) – Please join us in congratulating Loudoun Valley’s Jordan Miller as the March 2017 Performance Edge/Viva Loudoun Athlete of the Month!
“It feels good, winning an honor like this tells me the hard work is paying off, and if I keep working hard, there is more to come,” Miller said.
It has been quite a junior year campaign for the 6-foot-4 versatile guard, as he has racked up essentially every individual award possible after leading his Vikings to the first state title in school history. The lefty scored 26 points in a dominant 80-48 win over Jamestown on March 10 to capture the Virginia 4A State Championship.
“It means a lot, it was the first one, I think it really gives Purcellville a name, we may not have been heard of before, but now we are jumping on people’s radars as a team and community to look out for,” Miller said.
With a scoring average just shy of 23 points and double-figure scoring in every game the entire season, Miller was named the VHSL 4A Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Naturally, he was also named the Region 4A West Player of the Year, All-Loudoun Player of the Year and Conference 21 Player of the Year. His season-high was 36 points and never scored less than 12.
“I think of those awards as a wake-up, showing my hard work has paid off, I’m still not finished yet, but for now that makes me feel good about myself,” he said. “There are so many great players in 4A throughout the state, it just feels good knowing I got picked as the best player.”
According to Miller, his effectiveness this season came from slashing to the basket and his ability to get his teammates open. He also feels he did a better job of letting the game come to him as opposed to forcing the action.
Miller and the Vikings breezed through the season as they completed the year with just one blemish, finishing with a record of 30-1. The average margin of victory in post-season play was over 21 points.
During Miller’s sophomore season, in which he averaged 16 points, the Vikings ran through the season undefeated before losing their first game in the championship, falling by just two points. This time around, the game was never in question as they prevailed by 32 points.
“That was our first time as a team getting to states last year, so having that heartbreak and being able to bounce back from it, it was the experience and not wanting to lose again that really pushed us through this time,” Miller said. “Our chemistry and bond was just unbreakable.”
One of the keys to Miller’s personal success is his workout regiment with Performance Edge in Leesburg, where they can develop individualized strength programs to deal with the physical challenges associated with any sport.
“They’ve done a lot for me,” he said,” I started there last off-season, I knew that they had the best interest for me and all my teammates, a lot of my teammates go there too. I was a stick and now I feel like a bigger version of a stick. It’s a good overall program and it’s definitely something everyone should try.”
It remains early in his recruiting process as he has one more season with the Vikings, but he is eyeing several schools at this point, including Charleston, George Mason, Mount St. Mary’s, Radford and Virginia Tech. In order to succeed at the next level, he knows he needs to improve his jump shot and his ball skills with his right hand, as well as continuing to work hard in the weight room.
Next year Miller and his teammates will have the arrow on their backs as the defending state champions and a team that has only lost two games total the last two seasons. It would be easy to relax having accomplished so much already, but the budding star still wants more.
“Everybody on the team wants to go back-to-back,” Miller said, “I think that’s our motivation, and if we work hard in the off-season, it could happen.”
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Viva Loudoun has teamed up with Performance Edge to recognize an outstanding Loudoun County student-athlete, and their exceptional achievements for a given month by naming a Viva Loudoun Athlete of the Month throughout the 2016-17 academic school year!
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