McMillen will play basketball for Presentation College

editor@sierrastar.comAugust 20, 2013 

Justin McMillen, a 2012 Yosemite High School graduate, will play basketball at Presentation College in Aberdeen, South Dakota this year on a partial academic scholarship.

McMillen, who played basketball and baseball for the Badgers, was named to the North Sequoia League's All League second team on offense for basketball and second team in baseball his senior year.

The 5-foot-10, 160 pound McMillen, who averaged 14 points a game in North Sequoia League play as a small forward under coach Aaron Eames, will be a guard at Presentation. The Badgers were 11-12 during his senior year.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to learn everything I can from two senior guards in my first year, and hopefully be a starter my sophomore year," said McMillen, who will major in business.

Presentation College is a member of the newly formed North Star Athletic Association — a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Previous to the upcoming school year, Presentation was a NCAA Division III school.

Other members of the new conference include South Dakota school Dakota State University, and three North Dakota schools — Jamestown College, Mayville State University, and Valley City State University.

The Saints were 15-10 last season, best record in 10 years, under third-year coach Jeremy Reigle.

"We are really excited about Justin joining our program," Reigle said. "He has a passion for basketball and is a smart young man who I know will work hard to help our team."

The college's history began in Mitchell, South Dakota, in 1922 when Monsignor J.M. Brady established the parochial Notre Dame Junior College. In 1951 when Monsignor Brady asked the Presentation Sisters, who had staffed the college since its inception, to formally sponsor the school. The sisters agreed and the school's name was changed to Presentation Junior College and was relocated to Aberdeen.

In 1954, the college moved to its present home on a 100-acre campus. In 1964, the college was incorporated as Presentation College, a four-year school.

Presentation College is known for its excellence in academics, offering Bachelor of Science and Associate of Science degrees in business, arts and science and education.

McMillen, 19, is the son of Yosemite High School baseball coach John McMillen of Coarsegold and Cheri McMillen of Oakhurst.

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