Ellie Miller has been one of the top players if not the top player for North Fremont’s girls basketball team for the past three seasons but now she’s moving on to the next level.
Miller signed her letter of intent to play for Western Wyoming on April 24 so the next phase of her basketball career will take place in Rocks Springs, Wyoming.
This season’s typical visit has been anything but typical with the COVID-19 outbreak and Miller’s experience was not exception. All of her visits to WWCC were virtual.
“It was mostly pictures and then descriptions of the campus and all of the buildings,” Miller said. “Then I talked to the coach and one of the girls just about the campus and everything there.”
The virtual process made a decision that already incorporates a lot of unknowns even more uncertain.
“It’s definitely scary,” Miller said. “It makes me a little nervous not really being able to see the campus and meet anyone in person. I’m kind of just taking a leap and hoping it all turns out. I think even though it makes me a little nervous, that it’ll be a good experience and a good opportunity.”
Miller’s older sister Lorie, who starred for the Lady Huskies from 2013-2016 visited the Western Wyoming before making her college decision and gave Ellie a description of what her in-person visit was like.
Ellie was recruited by Walla Walla Community College in Washington and North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene but chose WWCC mainly because it was closer to home.
“I think the thing I liked most about it was just that it was not too far from home,” Miller said. “It’s not really a super big town and I kind of like that from growing up in Ashton. I kind of liked that about it.”
Miller also liked what she heard from head coach Mike Swenson after talking to him over the phone and via text and email.
“He made it sound super welcoming and he really wanted me there and showed me how it’s a good program,” Miller said. “He seemed like a really nice guy and like he had a good program.”
Miller was able to meet the current team via a get-to-know-you skype meeting.
The graduating North Fremont star is a little nervous about the work load being a college athlete will require but is looking forward to her future with the Mustangs as well.
“I am excited,” Miller said. “I think it will be a lot different experience than high school. It’s definitely out of my comfort zone a little bit but I think it should be exciting and it’ll be fun.”