Monday, June 16, 2014

UPDATE: Wolves 95s Alumnus Ben Miller Selected for Canada Basketball Under-18 Junior National Team

Winnipeg Wolves 1995s alumnus Ben Miller has been selected as a member of Canada Basketball's Under-18 Junior Men's National Team. Miller attended Canada Basketball's nine-day training camp for their U18 Junior Men's Team, which ran from June 6th to the 14th, and his outstanding performance during the camp was rewarded with a selection as one of the 12 athletes chosen for the official roster. Miller will be joined on the team by high-profile Canadian recruits such as Chirs Egi (committed to Harvard), Montaque Gill-Caeser (currently attending Huntington Prep), and Dillon Brooks (currently attending Findlay Prep).

Despite being a year younger than his teammates, Ben Miller was a member of the Winnipeg Wolves 1995 team throughout his early development and high school career. Under the guidance of Wolves founder, Martin Riley, and current Director of Operations, Chiranjit Goswami, Miller eventually assumed the role of starting point guard for the 1998s and guided the team to tournament championships in both Canada and the US.

After a successful senior season with the Westgate Wings, which concluded with another AAA Varsity Provincial Championship where he again received MVP honours, Ben Miller was ranked as the #1 Player in Manitoba in the Winnipeg Sun's Annual Coaches Poll. The high school season concluded with Miller named as the Next-Level Hoops Male Player of the Year, before being awarded the prestigious Carl Ridd Award and receiving his second AAA Varsity Player of the Year award.

A perennial member of the Manitoba Provincial Team since he was 14, Miller - 6'3 point-guard with exceptional court-vision - constantly contributed to the Manitoba Provincial Team program's recent success, which culminated in a Silver-Medal finish in the 2013 Canada Games. After the summer, Ben Miller will begin his CIS playing career when he joins the Acadia Axemen in September.

Miller will immediately travel with the team to Colorado Springs, where he will represent Canada at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship. The team hopes to use the tournament to qualify for the 2015 U19 World Championships in Greece.

Led by Head Coach Roy Rana (Ryerson), who will be joined by Kirby Schepp (Manitoba Bisons), Team Canada's training and preparation for the FIBA Americas will include scrimmages against a talented Team USA squad, which features high-caliber 2014 recruits, such as Tyus Jones (Duke), Stanley Johnson (Arizona), Myles Turner (Texas), Justice Winslow (Duke), as well as some of the best prospects in 2015, including Isaiah Briscoe (ranked #19), Jalen Brunson (ranked #14), Luke Kennard (ranked #13 - committed to Duke), Jaylen Brown (ranked #11), and Stephen Zimmerman (ranked #4).  

Canada will begin group play in the FIBA Americas U18 Championships against Brazil on Friday, June 20th, before moving on to play the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.  

The Winnipeg Wolves would like to congratulate Ben Miller on achieving another accomplishment during his senior season! Good luck in Colorado Springs!