Patience has paid off for Troy’s BJ Miller

Patience has paid off for Troy’s BJ Miller
Troy senior guard BJ Miller is enjoying a breakout season for the Trojans. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

TROY, AL (WSFA) - Troy senior guard BJ Miller is enjoying a breakout season for the Trojans.

“We are a better team when everyone is scoring, but I know being a leader, I know that my scoring can help us more this year,” said Miller.

Miller has started all 18 games for Troy and is third on the team scoring 10.7 points per game.

“He’s so consistent and he’s developed over the course of his four year career,” said Troy head coach Phil Cunningham. “He’s gotten better all the time and it’s a testament to his work ethic.”

“I like to play defense to offense,” said Miller. “I stay prepared that way. I’m always mentally focused. The little things, the errors. If coach says do something and he’s talking to one player, I’m listening so I don’t make the same mistakes.”

Miller has played the waiting game most of his career.

During his first three seasons, Miller averaged just shy of 18 points per game. This season has been a different story.

Miller is averaging over 30 minutes per game on the court this season for Troy.

“I told him (Cunningham) to put me in a position to make plays and I make the plays,” said Miller. “Our trust and bond is pretty strong.”

“I already knew that BJ had the capability and the ability to do the stuff he’s doing right now,” said senior Jordon Varnado. “He just had to have his chance and his opportunity and he’s succeeding right now.”

When it comes to defining the type of player Miller is?

“If you gave me one word to describe him, it would be toughness,” said Cunningham. “He’s just so tough. We will never get out-toughed at that position no matter who we’re playing.”

It’s that toughness that has Troy right in the middle of the Sun Belt Conference battle heading into the final months of the season.

“I definitely want to win a regular season championship. Get Coach C a regular season championship while I’m here,” said Miller. “I definitely want to get back to the (NCAA) tournament because it was a wonderful experience.”

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