Talented swingman, Miles-Williams, nabs P1FCU Prep Athlete honors
LAPWAI, ID —
Just ask anybody and they’ll tell you that Ivory Miles-Williams, this week’s P1FCU “Prep Athlete of the Week” is the best all-around player in the area. The senior who averages over 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists per game strikes fear into the eyes of his opponent every night out, but his Lapwai Wildcats saw their shot at an undefeated season come to an end on Friday, and he tells us it still bugs him.
"I mean it kind of sucks but I mean it's like, that last rebound was just like, came down with it like any other rebounds I get and then just secured it and Patrick did a good job stripping it out of there and put it back up."
Ivory says he believes the loss came at the perfect time for the Wildcats who head off to compete in state tournament play beginning tomorrow. He said he felt his team might let their foot off the gas from time-to-time but there won’t be much margin for error this weekend.
"Play the whole 32-minute game, no breaks, no taking plays off,” said Miles-Williams. “And you have to know that everybody plays up, when they see Lapwai on their schedule everybody plays up to their potential because they know that Lapwai is the team to beat."
The four sport stud says he wears the number 24 on his back and shares some of the same traits as another player who sported the number 24, and that guy just happens to be one of the most iconic players in the world.
"Kobe Bryant's my idol, I mean I love him so I wore 24 from the start,” said Miles-Williams. “The one thing I do is compete. So you don't look back at the end of the game and say I could have done this, I could have done that."
Ivory who had several choices when it came to where he’d play basketball next year, said he is set to team up with a former rival.
"Last Saturday I actually committed to College of Idaho to play with Jake Brunner next year,” said Miles-Williams. “The one thing I like about their school is the academics. My summer jobs I work for the internship of Nezperce fisheries."
Miles-Williams hopes to get a degree in biology and return to the tribe in Lapwai once his schooling ends says becoming the “Prep Athlete of the Week” is an award he’s humbled to receive.
"I mean I was up for football various times and basketball season I was up for the Lewiston Tribune one and I've always gotten defeated by bigger schools and stuff like that but just to be, it's just an honor to be chosen and to be picked up out of all those numbers of kids and stuff,” said Miles-Williams.
We hope you enjoyed meeting Ivory this evening. Each week throughout the school year, KLEW Sports and P1FCU team up to highlight a deserving athlete in the area. If you have someone you’d like to nominate you can shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll showcase those athletes right here on KLEW-TV for their outstanding accomplishments.