Balancing school, practice and a social life are important to most student-athletes, but for Ten Miller there’s an added dimension.
Miller is engaged to be married.
“I’ve never been the type of person to feel that there’s a specific time when you will find that special someone to spend the rest of your life with,” said Miller, 21, a sophomore physical education student from Detroit.
“And I am fortunate to have found that special person.”
Miller, the starting point guard on FAMU’s women’s basketball team, is also a full-time student and credits basketball for keeping her grounded.
“Basketball really helps me to stay on task in the classroom and on the basketball court,” Miller said. “If I wasn’t involved in basketball I probably would sit home and be a couch potato.”
Miller first displayed a passion for basketball at the age of nine. She participated in the Amateur Athletic Union girl’s summer basketball league for 11 years and was coached by her father.
“I enjoyed coaching Ten and it was a great experience for the both of us in helping her to become a good ball player,” said her father Joseph Miller.
Miller went on to star at St. Martin De Porres High School in Detroit where she scored over 1,000 points in her high-school career and was recognized as the “Who’s Who Among American High School Athletes” from 1999-2002.
Miller’s family and friends said she’s a compassionate and positive person.
“Ten is a very caring individual and she looks to find the best in any person she comes in contact with,” said her mother Noama Miller. “And she does not mind listening to your problems.”
Not only is Miller seen as a caring individual but her ability to lead has not gone unnoticed.
“Ten is a wonderful person and she displays good leadership qualities,” said women’s basketball coach Debra Clark.
“She tries to get everyone involved and that shows signs of being a good leader.” Miller said she choose to attend FAMU because it was a wise decision.
“Coming to FAMU has been a good experience. I feel that FAMU has prepared me for life after basketball,” Miller said.
Miller said she plans to give back to youths after hanging up her sneakers.
“When my basketball career comes to an end I want to become a physical education teacher so that I can give back to the kids of our future,” Miller said.
“Being a mentor to children is something that I will truly love doing.”
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