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Booker T. Washington’s Christopher Miller Makes an Impact for Rogers State

Photos by Bill Powell

CLAREMORE, Okla. – The Hillcats embarked on a new journey this season, joining the toughest league in Division II college basketball with the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), and the Hillcats have made an immediate splash in the league with the help of senior Christopher Miller.

The 6-8, 260 pound forward had an unusual path to Rogers State, but has been a part of the basketball scene in Northeast Oklahoma for the last decade. Miller was a standout at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa during his prep career. Miller averaged 20 points and 13 rebounds a game under the guidance of Joe Redmond with the Hornets.

Miller has shown up for the big games as well, as he scored a career high 40 points against McLain High School in the Oklahoma State Playoffs. Before the end of his prep career, he was named the Oklahoma All-Star MVP and was the All-State MVP.

Fast forward four years, Miller provides a large presence in the paint for a Rogers State Basketball program that is making waves in its debut season in the highly competitive MIAA, which has fielded two of the last three NCAA Division II National Champions.

Miller has appeared in all 18 games and is averaging 10 points and five rebounds per contest. He is shooting 61.2 percent from the field, which is tied for the best in the league at the time of writing. Rogers State sits in the top four in the MIAA team standings and spent three weeks leading the league in December and early January.

“We were extremely excited the day Chris decided to join the RSU basketball family,” said head coach Justin Barkley. “Chris is the ultimate team guy that always puts his teammates needs before his. Chris has really helped our team this year in certain areas but especially his ability to score in the paint.”

Chris arrived to College Hill in January of 2019 after being nationally recruited at the Division I level out of high school, before choosing to stay close to home and attend Oral Roberts. Miller made a big impact with ORU, playing in all but two games over two seasons. 

With one year of eligibility remaining, Miller joined the Hillcats with a few goals in mind; graduating, finishing his playing career and supporting his family. Miller suited up for the navy and red and the former ORU student-athlete returned to Oral Roberts and the Mabee Center and led the Hillcats with 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting and added six rebounds earlier this season, playing in front of his family, including wife Bri and their daughter, Evie.

“Not only is Chris a great teammate but an even better husband and father,” said Barkley. “I have been impressed watching him mature over the last couple of years.  He definitely puts a value on the importance of family.” 

Miller balances the life of a student, athlete, husband and parent well, and is set to graduate with a degree in Sports Management from Rogers State.

For more information on Christopher Miller and the Rogers State Men’s Basketball program, be sure to check out the Hillcats at RSUhillcats.com and on social media @RSUhillcats.

Photos by Bill Powell