LITTLE FALLS -- Little Falls Flyers boys' basketball coach Kevin Jordan is getting the opportunity many coaches wish they had.
Jordan gets to sit back and watch one of the best basketball players in central Minnesota play every day.
Junior point guard Nate Miller can do it all. He can score from anywhere on the floor, shut down his opponent defensively and control a game single-handedly.
"He's got the ability to take over the game at both ends of the floor," said Jordan. "He's a special player. He's got the ability to create shots with his penetration or shoot from outside.
"His shooting range is unlimited. It's not right on the three-point line. It just keeps on going back farther and farther."
"My outside shooting has really improved," said Miller. "Last year I didn't really have a jump shot from the three-point line but I've worked on getting my shot off quicker and coming off screens better.
"I think it helps a lot to have an outside shot because it gets guys running at you. Then you can drive right past them."
Being the point guard is similar to his fall position as quarterback of the Flyers' football team. Miller, who has a 3.5 grade-point average, has the ability to take on both jobs with success.
"I think they're both related a lot," said Miller about being quarterback and point guard. "Everyone looks at the quarterback if things are going bad and good. In basketball I have to know the spots where my teammates are going to be and you're kind of the general out there."
Miller's only a junior but this is his third season on the varsity. As a freshmen he came off the bench for the first two games but has started ever since.
"It's pretty important for us that the ball is in his hands," said Jordan. "He does a great job of handling the ball and creating things for himself and his teammates.
"The big thing is it's not just points. He does so many things. To me he's one of the best players I've ever seen. He keeps getting better every year. He does new things for us on each end of the floor. He's got a good work ethic."
That work ethic translated into three recent big games for Miller and the Flyers. He had 16 points in a 67-53 loss to Willmar. He scored 32 points in a 70-54 win over Alexandria and saved his biggest game for a win over Grand Rapids by scoring 38 points.
"I just let the game come to me," said Miller. "If we get good shots in our offense then that's great. I don't necessarily look to get the shot, but if it's open I will take it."
Jordan said Miller's talent is unlimited. Miller is still working hard to make his game as complete as it can be.
"He does a better job of being able to get his shots off," said Jordan. "As a freshman he had problems with his height and strength. He's gotten a little bigger and stronger. He has been able to create for himself. He's a great ball handler.
"He's got a good head on his shoulders with quick hands and quick feet."
Even though everyone is keying on Miller he plays the game without pressure. According to Jordan, Miller is just out there playing basketball, creating things for himself and his teammates.
That style of play has helped the Flyers to a 6-4 record this season.
Other notable performances:
Basketball -- Pillager's Dan Goeritz scored 31 points to spark the Huskies past Pequot Lakes 57-54.
Joel Anderson and James Freese of Crosby-Ironton combined for 42 points against Greenway. Gideon Avelsgard poured in 22 points in a win over Aitkin.
Aitkin's Ryan Fowlds scored 20 points to lead the Gobblers over Braham. Teammate Brandon Siemers scored 22 points in a loss to C-I.
Dustin Hjelmeland of Staples-Motley scored 21 points against Wadena-Deer Creek.
Zach Hinkle of Verndale knocked down 21 points against Menahga.
Wrestling -- The Pierz team destroyed Belgrade-Booten-Elrosa and Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, surrendering only 10 team points in both matches. Pierz also beat Aitkin.
Luke Abraham of Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus lifted his record to 18-0 with a pin Thursday. Teammates Ben Kern and Josh Bresnahan raised their records to 17-1 with wins.
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