NAPPANEE – The ever strong Crossroads League has added yet another sensational area basketball player to its already impressive list of performers.
NorthWood star Vinny Miranda has made a verbal commitment to play at Taylor University starting next season.
Miranda, a 6-0 senior guard for the Panthers, announced his decision earlier today on his Twitter account.
Miranda has helped pace coach Aaron Wolfe’s team to a 14-1 record this season. The Panthers were ranked No. 1 in Class 3-A prior to a 54-37 loss at Warsaw Friday night.
The Panthers are a state-best 82-10 over the past four seasons and are in quest of their fourth straight 20-win season this year. NorthWood went 24-3 a year ago, losing to eventual state champion Marion by a 66-62 final in the regional title game at Marion.
Miranda, who has switched to point guard this season with the graduation of Braxton Linville, is averaging 21.7 points-per-game. The versatile Miranda also averages six rebounds, over two assists and 1.6 steals per game.
Miranda scored 13 points Friday night in the Northern Lakes Conference loss to the Tigers, who have now won 19 straight league games. Miranda now has 1,162 career points, just the ninth player in program history to go over 1,000 points.
Miranda, a three-year starter, has led the Panthers to three sectional championships and three runner-up finishes in the NLC. NorthWood has went 6-1 in the NLC each of the past three years and is currently 4-1 in league play.
Taylor is currently 17-7 overall and 8-4 in the Crossroads League. The Trojans have just two seniors this season and a roster with three players from the Hoosier State. Josh Andrews is in his fourth season as the head coach at Taylor, which is located in Upland. Taylor finished 14-17 overall and 8-10 in conference play last season.
The Crossroads League, which is one of the top small college men’s basketball conferences in the country, has a plethora of players from the area making their marks for numerous teams in the league. The impressive list includes the likes of former Indiana All-Star and Triton product Clay Yeo (Bethel), former Warsaw star Paul Marandet (Spring Arbor), former Tippecanoe Valley standout Nick Kindig (Bethel) and Linville (Grace) just to name a few.
Current Warsaw senior and star guard Kyle Mangas has committed to play at Indiana Wesleyan, one of the perennial powers in the Crossroads League.