Macy Miller selected by Seattle in WNBA Draft

Dave Eggen/Inertia: South Dakota State’s Macy Miller shoots a jumper over Lakota Beatty of Oral Roberts during the Jackrabbits’ 86-55 semifinal win over the Golden Eagles at the 2019 Summit League Basketball Tournament at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls.

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.


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First Round

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

Second Round

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

Third Round

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


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