If basketballs could talk, they would have quite the conversation when discussing the rise of Sandy Creek duo Jarred Godfrey and Kameron Miller.
There would be crazy stories of late night pickup battles in the backyard to emotional region title wins in high school. Most importantly, there would be the story of how two stellar human beings became lifelong friends.
“I knew my boy Jarred since we were three years old, and we have been going one-on-one in the backyard for a long time,” Miller said.
Both players first picked up a basketball at an early age. It started in the driveway and quickly expanded to the youth battlegrounds of Upward. At each stop, they saw their friendship grow. Eventually, it turned into a brotherhood that continued in the hallowed halls of Sandy Creek High School.
The duo was superb on the court. Miller locked down the perimeter with on-ball defense and Godfrey knocked down lethal jump shots. They learned from teammates and got better along the way. The results netted region championships, Final Four appearances, and a host of All-Region and All-County accolades.
“We always kept each other in check and battled together,” Godfrey said. “We always kept it real with each other.”
Last week, the brothers stood together once more in front of family members, teammates, coaches, and friends, only this time they were announcing their official college commitment pledge.
Miller was the first one to reveal his college decision. He signed a letter of intent with East Georgia College. The defensive whiz said the decision felt right and gives him an opportunity to play point guard.
“It feels really good as my hard work has paid off,” Miller said. “I just have to keep God first and keep working.”
Miller said it was the support of God, family, and friends that helped him make his decision. This season, he earned County Defensive Player of the Year honors and averaged 5.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2.6 steals per game.
“My family has helped me tremendously and helped me on my P’s and Q’s,” Miller said. “My teammates pushed me every day in practice and helped to keep me grounded. I am thankful for my teammates and coaches for that.”
“It is a feeling I can’t really explain as I have been waiting for this moment my whole life and it is finally here,” Godfrey said. “I felt like it was the best situation for me athletically and academically and felt like it was another home for me going down there.”
Godfrey had a choice of a couple top-tier schools to attend. This season, he earned All-County First Team honors after posting 17.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 4.1 assists. He hopes his success give younger plays something to look up to.
“Hopefully, I can be an inspiration to the younger kids coming up,” Godfrey said. “That will inspire me to work harder as I know they are proud of me.”
They finished their high school careers under first-year Sandy Creek head coach Jon-Michael Nickerson. He saw how they exponentially improved and believes the future is bright. He also joked that he is a little happy the phone calls have stopped during the recruiting process. Nevertheless, he was proud to have three guys, including forward Xavier Brewer (Morehouse) signed to collegiate programs.
“It feels great and I am extremely happy for them and the hard work they put in,” Nickerson said. “I know it’s a very self-satisfying day. It is also an opportunity for them to grow even more and it’s another small step in their journeys to continue overall development as basketball players.”
Miller said he plans on working on his offensive game and getting stronger around the rim.
“Most people sleep on my offense and I am going to expand on my game,” Miller said. “I got to get my bunnies right and jump higher at the gym.”
Godfrey echoed a similar sentiment. He wants to get stronger as he transitions to college game.
As both players head in different directions, they vow to always be there for each other. The brotherhood will continue to prosper as they build on their individual legacies.
“To have someone like that in my life that keeps me grounded and someone I can get in the gym with is a blessing,” Miller said.