Meet Coach Charlie Miller
Do everything with integrity and it will take you further than you could imagine.”
– Head Basketball Coach Charlie Miller, ATTACK Basketball Academy
Growing up in South Miami, I never dreamed I would go on to play Professional Basketball. In middle school I was an awkward, skinny boy who swore baseball was the sport I was destined to play. When I was asked to play in a rec basketball game due to my height, I obliged and STUNK IT UP!! However, something clicked in me and I knew I wanted to master the sport.
My middle school coach pushed me to practice with the high school team to challenge myself. I was terrified the first time I showed up and everyone on the team laughed at me. But I stuck with it and it made me so much quicker and more confident!
Not only did I practice with the HS team as much as I could, I practiced my skills at home EVERY day. I didn’t have a basketball hoop at home or a gym membership. However, I wasn’t going to let that stop me. I cut the bottom out of a milk crate and nailed it to a tree…that was my hoop. I practiced dribbling drills, defensive and offensive moves outside my house and at the local park. Pretty soon I was known as one of the best players in the country. And sure, I played on my High School team and some occasional traveling teams. However, that isn’t what got me where I ended up…it was all the hours of practice and skill work on my own and with friends. THAT is what allows you to master your sport and achieve your dream. Read my stats below and see what 5 times more practice than play gets you:
- 1990 – 1994: Lettered all 4 years for varsity basketball team at South Miami H.S. Leading scorer in the state of Florida senior year averaging 32 points per game.
- 1994: Selected as a McDonald’s All-American. In the same year selected to play in Magic Johnson’s Roundball Classic, a national high school all-star game.
- 1994: Florida’s Gatorade Player of the Year. The player chosen for this award is evaluated and selected on the basis of outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary personal character demonstrated within and beyond competitive athletics.
- 1995: Represented the United States in basketball at the Junior Olympics in Athens, Greece.
- 1994 – 1998: Accepted Scholarship to play at Indiana University at Bloomington under legendary Coach Robert Montgomery Knight. Played all 4 years and graduated with a B.S. degree.
- 1998 – 2004: Played basketball professionally across Europe and in the U.S.