Brad Miller thinks he knows the secret behind Macauley Young's 6-foot, 9-inch frame.
Milk, it does a body good.
"When he was a freshman we were at a team camp and I remember him raiding the refrigerator for all these cartons of milk and I said to him, 'You're not going to drink all that milk, are you? He said, 'Yeah coach I am. I really like milk,'" Miller recalled. "And he did. He drank all that milk. I think that's why he's so tall. He drank so much milk."
Whatever the secret is, it's worked for Shiloh's big fella. Young surpassed 1,000 points in early February and helped the Skyhawks return to the state tournament at the Minot State Dome.
The Skyhawks, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, play Beulah on Thursday in the opening game at 1 p.m.
Young, who averages 16 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks per game, is one of seven Shiloh seniors hoping to go out on top.
"It's gone by so fast. I don't even know where it all went," Young said. "It's been so much fun. To think it's almost over, I can't really wrap my head around it."
Miller knows the feeling. He threw Young and guard Canaan Fagerland into the fire as sophomores in his first season as head coach and neither looked back.
"Those are two special kids," Miller said. "You just don't see many 6-9 kids around. Macauley's just a good, fun-loving kid. He does well in school and academically.
"Canaan's just a stud in every sport he plays. He's good at everything he does and he's a terrific leader."
Young, Fagerland and fellow seniors Matthew Reep -- a valuable starter for the 21-3 Skyhawks -- Michael Kuehn, William Nels, Race Hetle, John Kusler and Isaac Nelson go way back together.
"I don't really ever remember us not playing together," Young said of his fellow upperclassmen. "It probably goes all the way back to the second grade. It's always been that way and it's been great. I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. We're really good friends and we've always had fun playing together."
Young has drawn plenty of attention from college coaches, but isn't quite ready to unveil where he'll play next.
"I'm kinda keeping it on the down low," he said. "I'm going to make a decision after state."
Young and the Skyhawks enter the state tournament with confidence, having already played several quality teams, as usual.
"Our coach gets us the toughest schedule possible and we like that," Young said. "If you lose a game or two, it's not that big a deal. It doesn't matter if you're undefeated playing bad teams."
Thursday's game is a rematch. Beulah pulled out a 73-68 win over Shiloh on Feb. 5, marking the only loss of the 2019 portion of the schedule for the Skyhawks.
"We just have to take one game at a time, one possession at a time," Young said.
Miller knows they're in for a four-quarter affair against the Miners (19-4).
"You look at the tournament, it's a strong field like always," he said. "We've been to enough of these now to know you're going to have a tough game no matter the order of who you're playing."
Young is hoping the hard work pays off.
"We all believe we can win it. I don't think we want to shy away from setting high expectations," Young said. "I have total faith in our coaches and our team. I think we're going to make some noise."