NEBRASKA CITY, NE – Surrounded by classmates, friends and teammates, Hayden Miller took a moment out of his lunch hour at Lourdes Central Catholic High School last week to make one of the most important phone calls of his life.
University of Nebraska – Omaha Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach Tyler Erwin was the person Miller was supposed to call.
“They’re like ‘just go ahead and call him now. We want to hear what’s going on.’ So, I actually walked over into the bathroom, just so I can hear. Then I came back and they’re like ‘well, what did he say? Are you going to tell us?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, it’s good news.’ So, they were pretty excited, too.”
The good news: Miller was offered a preferred walk-on spot with the Mavericks. On Wednesday, during the Lourdes Central Catholic High School Activities Awards, Athletic Director Joe Tynon announced the two-time Class D1 Player of the Year accepted the offer and will attend UNO in the fall.
Miller chose the Mavericks over Doane University, Concordia and Ottawa University in Kansas. He took an individual visit to tour the UNO’s campus facilities and establish relationships with the basketball administration and coaches.
“What I really like about these coaches, they’re great coaches, but you can be in contact with them. You can talk with them about anything. That’s really big for me.”
The 6’1″ senior guard averaged 17.4 points per game, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals, leading the Knights to their second straight Class D1 State Championship in March. He played in 107 career games, averaging 11.7 points per game, 3.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals.
Miller plans to major in criminal justice and get a minor in Spanish during his time at UNO.
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