Northview graduate Brodee Miller becomes the latest Knight to extend his basketball career at the collegiate level after signing a letter-of-intent to play for coach Mike Beitzel at Hanover College.
The Division III program is a member of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Located in southeastern Indiana, Hanover's conference also includes Rose-Hulman, Defiance (Ohio), Anderson, Bluffton (Ohio), Transylvania (Kentucky), Franklin, Mount St. Joseph's (Ohio) and Manchester.
Miller joins a Hanover program under the guidance of coach Beitzel that has had a great deal of success in recent years.
The Panthers reached a No. 2 ranking in the 2003-04 season while stringing together a 26-2 overall record while recording its fourth consecutive HCAC championship.
Under Beitzel, Hanover has won six conference championships and has earned berths in the NCAA tourney in 1995, 1996 and 2004 with the '03 and 05 teams advancing to the Sweet 16.
Beitzel has been at Hanover since 1988 and the Panthers have won 75 percent of their games since joining the NCAA in 1992. In 26 seasons as a head coach, Beitzel has compiled a 482-263 mark overall.
With Northview, Miller made his mark as a tough defender and a solid rebounder.
His final two seasons, the 6'5 Miller averaged more than five rebounds per game from his forward spot.
While defense is what attracted Hanover to Miller's game, his work in the classroom also played strongly into the Panther's recruitment.
"I first saw Brodee play in Orlando last summer with an AAU team. I thought he as a good athlete and found out he was a good student also," said Beitzel.
"(He's) a good athlete who has the ability to defend multiple positions. (Brodee's) an athletic forward who can guard the ball out on the perimeter and play post defense as well."
Though Beitzel feels that Miller has the skill set to play at the Division III level with Hanover, getting on the court as a freshman appears up to how hard Miller works on his game leading up to the 2007-08 season.
"My experience has been that the freshmen who can play defense normally are able to help right away. Most freshmen are recruited primarily because of their ability to score. However, the college game is much more physical, which some scorers take time to adjust to."
Miller won't be the only athlete from the Wabash Valley suiting up for Panthers as Terre Haute North graduate, Marc O'Leary, will be a senior this winter.
O'Leary was an All-Conference selection last year after averaging 13 ppg. and shooting a team best 42 percent (59-of-139) from 3-point range.
Beitzel, who has been with Hanover through 10 of the team's 15 consecutive winning seasons, has kept an eye on the Valley for potential recruits.
"The players in (the Wabash Valley) area are used to playing against real good competition. This prepares them well for the physicality and intensity of the college game. Nearly all college players and teams can score. The ones that win championships also are able to defend."
The Panthers begin their regular season with a trip to the Sodexho Classic in Missouri on Nov. 16-17.