Woodward Hoops Standouts Excel Academically This School Year

December 28, 2020

By, Mike Dyer, WCPO

Woodward High School junior Paul McMillan IV is rated among the nation's top point guards in the 2022 class.

The basketball standout has several significant scholarship offers and plenty of interest from some of the nation's top college basketball programs.

McMillan, 17, would like to play in the NBA one day, but his focus isn't just basketball at the moment. He also has a 4.43 grade-point average in school.

"I take lots of pride in my work in the classroom," McMillan said. "Just as hard as I work in basketball, I work as hard in the classroom as well. My end goal is to get to the NBA, and when you get to the NBA, you are doing these big things and you are making a lot of money and you are investing in a lot of stuff. You got to be smart about it."

It's that eye toward the future that makes Bulldogs coach Jarelle Redden so proud of McMillan and senior guard Aaron Davis, who has a 3.9 GPA.

"As a former public school graduate myself (Western Hills High School), I understand how hard it is to maintain the best grades possible in the environment that they're in," said Redden, who has been the Woodward head coach since July 2017.

"I just think it's great and I feel like they set an example. They are letting it be known that you can go anywhere and be great at what you're doing on and off the floor."

Cincinnati Public Schools is in remote learning during this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

That hasn't changed the commitment from Davis and McMillan each day.

"Since we've been online, they still have the same work ethic, still in communication with all the teachers," Redden said. "It's exciting to be able to coach basketball and see guys understand that it's student first and athlete second."

Davis, 18, is interested in sports therapy and sports medicine.

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