Ellie Miller has been one of the top players on North Fremont’s girls basketball team for the past three seasons and now she’s moving on to the next level.
Miller signed a letter of intent in April to play for Western Wyoming Community College in Rocks Springs, Wyoming.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Miller's visit to the campus was virtual.
“It was mostly pictures and then descriptions of the campus and all of the buildings,” Miller said. “Then I talked to the coach and one of the girls just about the campus and everything there.”
The virtual process made a decision that already incorporates a lot of unknowns even more uncertain.
“It’s definitely scary,” Miller said. “It makes me a little nervous not really being able to see the campus and meet anyone in person. I’m kind of just taking a leap and hoping it all turns out. I think even though it makes me a little nervous, that it’ll be a good experience and a good opportunity.”
Miller’s older sister Lorie, who starred for the Huskies from 2013-2016, visited Western Wyoming before making her college decision and gave Ellie a description of what her in-person visit was like.
Ellie was recruited by Walla Walla Community College in Washington and North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, but said she chose WWCC mainly because it was closer to home.
“It’s not really a super big town and I kind of like that from growing up in Ashton," Miller said. "I kind of liked that about it.”
Miller also liked what she heard from head coach Mike Swenson after talking to him over the phone and via text and email.
“He made it sound super welcoming and he really wanted me there and showed me how it’s a good program,” Miller said.
Miller was able to meet the current team via a get-to-know-you Skype meeting.
“I am excited,” she said. “I think it will be a lot different experience than high school. It’s definitely out of my comfort zone a little bit, but I think it should be exciting and it’ll be fun.”