NEW YORK – The defending-champion Seattle Storm selected Macy Miller with the 36th pick in the WNBA Draft on Wednesday night.
“It’s amazing,” the Mitchell native said. “I was just in complete shock. I had no words; I was just sitting there smiling. It was kind of shaking, because it’s something you’ve been working for your whole life, you know, as a little girl watching (cousin) Mike (Miller) and it was just like, that’s what I want to do when I’m older – play professionally.
“Going through high school and college, that’s what you’re working for ultimately, to be a professional athlete.
“To sit here and think about it, it’s hard to think about, I mean, I’m going to play for the Seattle Storm.”
Miller was well known in the South Dakota State and Summit League community.
The point guard is the conference’s and school’s all-time leading scorer and guided the Jackrabbits to four NCAA Tournament appearances, overcoming a torn ACL along the way.
Miller was a four-time All-Summit League honoree, making the first team three times. She was twice the Player of the Year and was voted Tournament MVP three times.
SDSU made history this season, becoming the Summit League’s first team to reach the Sweet 16.
Despite that, Miller was somewhat off the radar on the national scene.
But that changed at pre-draft camps last weekend in Florida.
“I started showing all aspects of my game,” Miller said. “You know, coming from a mid-major, they probably thought ‘can she keep up with the speed of the game, can she play with these types of players.’
“I think going to these camps and being with all these different kinds of players that could potentially go to the WNBA really helps. It shows that I can beat players off the dribble or I can pass or I can shoot. I think going to that camp really helped show that I can fit in with those players.”
Miller’s ability to win likely helped as well.
SDSU went 12-0 in Summit League tournament games and 3-4 in the dance with her in the lineup.
“I think the Jackrabbits making it to the NCAA Tournament helped out a lot because a lot of those girls that we played are going to be in the WNBA,” she added. “So I think that helps so much, just the speed of the game and the competition – I know I can play with those girls because we did in the NCAA Tournament.”
The Storm are winners, also.
Seattle went 26-8 in the regular season last year to earn the No. 1 seed. It swept the third-seeded Washington Mystics in the best-of-five WNBA Finals.
Sue Bird, a point guard out of UConn, has been the face of the franchise since the team drafted her first overall in 2002. The Storm also won titles in 2004 and 2010.
“I am really excited; it’s so cool,” Miller said. “I watched them last year when they won the championship and it’s so cool that I’ll be able to learn from (Bird). She’s a very good point guard and I’m excited to go there and learn from her, Jewell Loyd and just being around Breanna Stewart – that’s pretty cool in itself, too.”
Stewart is a legend.
She won four NCAA titles with the Huskies, earning Most Outstanding Player each year.
Stewart was selected No. 1 in the 2016 WNBA Draft, later earning Rookie of the Year honors.
She was MVP and Finals MVP last year.
The Storm also had the 12th and 24th picks in Wednesday’s draft, selecting Ezi Magbegor, who is from Australia, and Mississippi State’s Anriel Howard, whose squad fell to Oregon in the Portland Regional final this season.
Notes (from SDSU Sports Information): Miller is the second Jackrabbit women's basketball player to be selected in the WNBA Draft, joining Megan Vogel, who was a second-round pick (19th overall) by the Washington Mystics in 2007. … Preseason workouts for Miller and the Storm are expected to begin in early May.
2019 WNBA DRAFT
Wednesday in New York
1. Las Vegas, Jackie Young, G, Notre Dame
2. New York, Asia Durr, G, Louisville
3. Indiana, Tearia McCowan, C, Mississippi State
4. Chicago, Katie Lou Samuelson, G/F, Connecticut
5. Dallas, Arike Ogunbowale, G, Notre Dame
6. Minnesota, Napheesa Collier, F, Connecticut
7. Los Angeles, Kalani Brown, C, Baylor
8. Phoenix, Alanna Smith, F, Stanford
9. Connecticut, Kristine Anigwe, C/F, California
10. Washington, Kiara Leslie, G, N.C. State
11. Atlanta, Brianna Turner, F, Notre Dame
12. Seattle, Ezi Magbegor, F, Australia
13. Phoenix (from Indiana via Las Vegas), Sophie Cunningham, G, Missouri
14. New York, Han Xu, C, China
15. Chicago, Chloe Jackson, G, Baylor
16. Minnesota (from Las Vegas), Jessica Shephard, F, Notre Dame
17. Dallas, Megan Gustafson, F, Iowa
18. Minnesota, Natiha Hiedeman, G, Marquette
19. Los Angeles, Marina Mabrey, G, Notre Dame
20. Minnesota (from Phoenix), Cierra Dillard, G, Buffalo
21. Connecticut (from Connecticut via Atlanta), Bridget Carleton, G, Iowa State
22. Dallas (from Washington), Kennedy Burke, G, UCLA
23. Atlanta, Maite Cazorla, G, Oregon
24. Seattle, Anriel Howard, F, Mississippi State
25. Indiana, Paris Kea, G, North Carolina
26. New York, Megan Huff, F, Utah
27. Chicago, Maria Conde, F, Spain
28. Indiana (from Las Vegas), Caliya Robinson, F, Georgia
29. Dallas, Morgan Bertsch, F, US Davis
30. Minnesota, Kenisha Bell, G, Minnesota
31. Los Angeles, Angela Salvadores, G, Spain
32. Phoenix, Arica Carter, G, Louisville
33. Connecticut, Regan Magarity, F, Virginia Tech
34. Washington, Sam Fuehring, F, Louisville
35. Atlanta, Li Yueru, C, China
36. Seattle, Macy Miller, G, South Dakota State