Kirkwood’s own Lauryn Miller heads to UCLA

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This is a non-baseball story but I felt I need to run the story due to Lauryn being the daughter to one of my friends Alvin Miller. I am so happy for her and the Miller Family!!

Kirkwood High senior basketball standout Lauryn Miller has had to travel many different paths in her career.

Her newest path will take her to the West Coast.

Miller, a 6-foot-2 center, announced on Thursday that she has given a verbal commitment to attend UCLA.

“UCLA offers me the opportunity to grow as a player and, most importantly, as a person,” Miller said. “The staff there is really committed to making sure I leave a better person than when I arrive. After great consideration, we decided UCLA was the best option.”

Miller, one of the area’s best post players, battled back from a severe knee injury, to reach the Class 5 state championship game last winter.

Ranked 12th in the country among front-line players by ESPN, Miller chose UCLA over a final list that included Missouri, Ohio State, TCU and Notre Dame.

As a junior, Miller made the most of a short-lived season. She returned from the kneeinjury suffered during summer basketball to help lead Kirkwood to a second-place finish.

Miller averaged 11.9 points and 6.7 rebounds in 10 games for the Pioneers (26-5), who lost to Kickapoo 63-53 in the title game March 19 at Mizzou Arena

Kirkwood coach Monica Tritz is happy that Miller’s future path is set.

“I know that this was a long and grueling process for Lauryn and her family,” Tritz said. “I’m happy for her. She is an exceptional kid that has a bright future.”

Miller, who visited the Westwood campus in May, is expected to sign her National Letter of Intent when the signing period opens Nov. 9.

“I’m feeling very good and eager to play this season,” Miller said. “There’s no more stress about having to make a decision.”

Miller joins a program that finished last season 26-9 under coach Cori Close. UCLA lost to Texas 72-64 in a Sweet 16 game to end its NCAA Tournament run.

Miller’s father, Alvin, who graduated from Notre Dame after an illustrious football career at Kirkwood, might have been hoping his daughter could follow in his footsteps.

Not so, Lauryn says.

“He agreed with my decision-making skills,” Lauryn said. “He understands why I chose UCLA.”

Source: Jim Faasen  Stl Today Sports

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