When Jaden Jackson transferred from Skyline to West Jordan this summer, it left the Skyline basketball program in a state of flux.
After one practice last summer though, new coach Derek Bunting knew who would fill that role — DeSean Miller. He was the lightning-quick type of point guard he’d always dreamed of running his Princeton-style offense.
Miller has been superb all season for Skyline, and Monday’s 38-31 first round victory over Sky View was no different as he finished with 10 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals.
It was Miller’s 18th game scoring in double figures this year as he’s averaging 13.1 ppg.
Bunting believes Miller is one of the best point guards in 4A, which makes you wonder why he wasn’t a bigger contributor for the Eagles last year.
As a junior, Miller only averaged 2.7 points and he didn’t even score in Skyline’s 79-58 playoff loss to Bingham.
“It was all Jaden Jackson’s team last year, there was no chance for anybody else to step up. Coach didn’t really like me,” said Miller.
That hasn’t been a problem this year.
“When I came here in June, and after a day of practice I said “OK, you’re our point guard and you’re never coming out of the game,’” said Bunting. “That was clear from Day 1, this was his team.”
Miller said he tried to make things work last year, but for whatever reason he just wasn’t afforded the opportunity to play much. This year, Bunting has handed him the keys to the Skyline offense and let him run with it.
“He’s been great. He’s really embraced the leadership role of this team. You can see it at the end of the game, he wants the ball in his hands. He likes to be in the limelight and he likes the pressure,” said Bunting.