Cass Tech’s Miller, Pershing’s Felder sign national letters of intent

Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics

Pershing High’s Kahlil Felder and Cass Tech’s Maya Miller each signed a national letter of intent Wednesday in ceremonies at their respective schools.

Pershing’s Kahlil Felder (second from left) is joined by his dad Kahlil Felder Sr. (left), Doughboys’ coach Wydell Henry, his mom Tiffany Williams and teammates at Wednesday signing ceremony

Felder, a 5-9 point guard for the Doughboys’ basketball team, is headed to Oakland University, while Miller, a 6-0 volleyball standout for the Lady Technicians, will attend Middle Tennessee State.

Miller, flanked by her parents, coach, principal and other family members and friends, said she plans to major in business management with a minor in music and is ecstatic to have a four-year athletic scholarship at the Murfreesboro, Tenn. school.

“I just felt like Middle Tennessee was a good fit for me,’’ said Miller, who played the middle front position for Cass Tech’s three-time reigning PSL champions. “I blend in real well with their players and their program. It didn’t feel awkward. I feel like I belong there.”

Miller’s high school coach, Ed Tomlin, expects her to flourish with the Blue Raiders.

Cass Tech’s Maya Miller (front center) is flanked by her parents Beth and Greg Roberts, Cass Tech coach Ed Tomlin (right), principal Lisa Phillips (back center) and family supporters

“She is one of the most talented student-athletes I’ve ever coached and her off-the-court personality is contagious,” Tomlin said. “She’s been a great asset to our program the last three years. I’m expecting big things from her in college.”

Felder still has his final high school basketball season to play before he heads to college, but the Doughboys’ floor leader couldn’t be happier.

“It feels good to know where I’ll be going to college,’’ he said. “It’s a great stress reliever and something I don’t have to worry about when I’m on the court.”

Felder, who was joined by his parents, other family members and school supporters, said he chose to sign with the Golden Grizzlies after receiving numerous scholarship opportunities, including offers from Southern Illinois, Akron and Eastern Michigan.

“I like Oakland’s system,’’ he said. “I feel comfortable with their coaches, their players and their up-and-down-the-court style of play. I talk to the players and Coach (Greg) Kampe all the time about what’s expected of me. They tell me you’ve got to earn what you get. I just feel like it’s the right place for me.”

Pershing first-year coach Wydell Henry described Felder as “a great kid who works hard and is a leader.”

“He could have gone some other places, but Oakland (in nearby Rochester) is a great fit for him,’’ Henry said. “He’ll be close to home so his family will be able to come see him play.”

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