Being average is not a mentality Miykei Fields subscribes to.
When the Statesville guard takes the court he thinks big. It’s not about flashiness. It’s about striving for excellence and elevating those around him who are also donning the Greyhounds jersey.
“I wanted to be the best player on the floor every game and also make my team better,” Fields said.
There were plenty of nights this past season where he was those things.
You don’t earn the title of North Piedmont Conference player of the year—like he did—if that’s not the case.
Fields averaged 16 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals while shooting 48 percent from the floor en route to earning that honor.
Add another accolade: R&L County Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
Off nights were few and far between for Fields, who led Statesville to a 19-7 record and the second round of the 3A state playoffs before the season ended with a loss to West region semifinalist Weddington.
The greater the importance of the game, the bigger he tended to play.
“I tried to step up and play to the best of my ability those nights, but that’s really any game,” Fields said. “When I play my best the other players feed off that energy.”
Fields finished with a game-high 25 points to go with his 12 rebounds in leading the Greyhounds past Pine Lake Prep, 75-54, during the Iredell County Sports Hall of Fame Holiday Classic championship game in December.
The regular-season finale against visiting West Rowan provided another Fields highlight. Perfect timing, because the game decided the NPC regular-season champion.
Fields scored 20 of his game-high 31 points in the first half, propelling the Greyhounds to a 44-23 lead. The deficit proved too much to overcome for the Falcons.
“That was senior night,” noted Fields. “I’m trying to fire on all cylinders. I knew they couldn’t run with us. It looked like their defense got tired. That loosened things up and I caught fire.”
A week later Statesville leaned on Fields to pull away in the second half and beat rival North Iredell 76-57 in the NPC tournament semifinals.
He took over after the break. Fields canned two 3-pointers early in the third quarter. The Greyhounds went from being tied at 28 at halftime to leading 34-30. The four-point advantage matched the biggest lead for either team in the opening half.
The senior’s transition layup on a lob pass from Messiah Robinson capped a 6-0 spurt, and Statesville led 40-32 with 2 minutes, 27 seconds left in the third. He pump faked and drained another 3 to push the advantage to 43-34.
Fields grabbed a defensive rebound, raced up court and dished the ball to Robinson, who buried another 3, and that assisted basket punctuated a 14-4 run to close the period.
Statesville (18-5) led 48-36 going to the fourth. The Raiders were unable to trim the deficit below 10 the rest of the way.
“First half my shot was not falling and I was trying to find my teammates,” Fields said. “They boosted my energy. I started having fun with it. It was an epic second half.”
The senior poured in 27 of his game-high 30 points after halftime.
“You have to give credit where credit is due,” North Iredell coach Jeff LeVan said after the game. “Miykei is a great ballplayer.”
Fields was humbled to hear those words coming from the opposing side.
“It’s a blessing when people see what you’re doing and give you that respect,” he said.
He would be grateful to have an opportunity to continue his playing career at the next level.
Fields is trying to get a college offer, but “if that doesn’t work out I still want to go to college for academics,” he said. “Maybe try to walk-on.
“I just want to thank God and thank everybody that has supported me,” he continued. “I’m going to keep working hard."