Former United Faith star Ian Miller was named finals MVP after helping to lead his European team, Manital Torino, to the Italian A2 Gold League championship.
Miller made 4-of-6 3-point shots and had 18 points in the championship-deciding game. Eurobasket.com, which covers the league, named Miller the All-Italian LNP Gold league player of the year, guard of the year and import player of the year.
Miller, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Florida State, is a rookie in the European league this season. Teammate Ronald Lewis, a former Ohio State player, was also named to Eurobasket’s first team, along with Miller. Lewis had 13 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in a deciding 93-70 win over Agrigento.
In high school, Miller was a two-time Observer player of the year at United Faith Christian Academy in 2008-09 and 2009-10. He was a high profile college recruit. Miller attended Florida State and averaged 13.7 points as a senior in the 2013-14 season. He was part of Florida State’s 2012 ACC championship team.
Miller worked out for the Charlotte Hornets in June of 2014. Now, he’s playing for Torino in Turin, a metropolitan area of about 2.2 million in northern Italy. In January, Miller signed with Torino after averaging 20.3 points per game for Jesi, another Italian league team.
Cox Mill’s Tyler Dimock, 16, has been selected to play in the 2016 Blue-Grey All-American Super Combine at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. He has a chance to earn a spot in one of two Blue-Grey All-American bowls, nationally televised games played at the home fields of the Tampa Bay Bucs and Dallas Cowboys.
Dimock, a rising senior, is a 6-foot-3, 185-pound player selected at the QB/DB position after attending a combine in Richmond, Va., last week. He is a first degree black belt in Korean-style martial arts and will receive an Eagle Scout award next year.
Ardrey Kell’s Collin Cooper will play at Morehouse College in Atlanta next season, Knights coach Mike Craft told the Observer. Cooper is the sixth player off the 2014-15 N.C. 4A state runner-up to earn a college scholarship. He’s the 15th player in school history to do so.
▪ Former Cuthbertson point guard Malcolm Wade and former Providence point guard Devon Dotson are both transferring. Both players are rising sophomores. Wade will play at Metrolina Christian next season; Dotson at Providence Day.
Four area girls were named to the U.S. Lacrosse first team, and two made honorable mention.
First team: Annalise Heyward, Ardrey Kell; Natalie Wallon, Charlotte Catholic; Riley Harrison, Charlotte Country Day; Lucy Pedlow, Charlotte Country Day. Honorable mention: Carly Vaccaro, Lake Norman; Abby McGaha, Myers Park
Ina Thompson is the new athletics director at Porter Ridge, replacing Bill Rogers, who is retiring.
SoMeck 8 all-conference baseball team
As selected by league coaches:
Player of the year: Josh Hiatt, Providence
Coach of the year: Jamall Kinard, Berry
Marvin Legrant, Berry; Aaron Pilkington, Ardrey Kell; Andrew Moritz, Providence; Jake Holtzapple, Providence; Cameron Brantley, Ardrey Kell; Eric Jones, South Meck; Logan Davidson, Providence; Max Bazin, South Meck; Connor Elliott, Ardrey Kell; Dominique Williams, West Meck; Lucas Plein, Charlotte Catholic; Lawson McArthur, South Meck; Nick Bruno, Charlotte Catholic; McCann Mellett, Charlotte Catholic; Henry Ryan, Ardrey Kell; Andrew Fishel, Providence; Satchel Jerzembeck, Providence; Dylan Byrnes, Olympic. Hon Mention: Austin Leonard, Providence; Jeremy Antall, Ardrey Kell