Miller shines at Lady Vol camp

By Tim Chambers

  Who could blame Cloudland High School girls head basketball coach Matt Birchfield if he has a big smile on his face today. It's good to know that waiting in the wings is some outstanding talent at the Jr. High level.
  One of those players is Jordi Miller, who made quiet an impact on the Lady Vol coaching staff at the Pat Summit Lady Vol camp held July 25-29.
  The camp was attended by more than 750 girls from different parts of the United States, but it was Miller who stood out among the elite. Jordi's team was nicknamed the Georgia Bulldogs, and the future Highlander proved her bark would stand out among some of the top notch women athletes
  At the end of the camp, each coach chooses a girl who "exemplifies what Coach Summit would want in a Lady Vol" called the "Lady Vol Award." This includes behavior on and off the court.
  Jordi's coach at the camp was from Oklahoma State University. Her statements when presenting Jordi with the award was: "Jordan Miller is an all-around player. She was always early to meetings and hustled on both ends of the court, both offensively and defensively. She always did just what I told her to do and was willing to do it, without any hesitation. I am proud to have her on my team."
  Keep in mind that Jordi is a rising eighth-grader and plays for coach Randy Birchfield at Cloudland Jr. High as a shooting guard. Just to know you have a player who not only can play the game but shows discipline and determination on and off the court helps a coach know a star is in the making.
  Cloudland had a string of two straight state tournament appearances before losing in the regionals last seasons. But with players like Jordi on the horizon, another trip to Murfreesboro could soon be well within reach.