Story by Stephen Poirier | Photo by Layne Murdoch
CHARLOTTETOWN - The Island Storm announced Tuesday the signing of Dane Miller, formerly of the Oklahoma City Blue in the NBA Development League, to its training camp roster.
Miller spent four seasons, from 2009 to 2013, playing Division 1 NCAA basketball at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He was a four-year starter for the team and boasted an impressive 52.3 per cent field goal average during his senior campaign.
In 2014 he was drafted by the D-League’s Oklahoma City Blue and continued posting impressive numbers, scoring 7.2 points off the bench in just 17 minutes per game.
Miller, a six-foot-seven swingman, said he enjoys getting everyone on the court into the play as much as possible.
"I can be a playmaker for myself and others. I like to get others involved."
On top of an extensive offensive arsenal, Miller also averaged over a block and steal per game in three out of his four seasons at Rutgers.
Storm coach Joe Salerno took note of Miller's ability on both sides of the ball.
"At six-foot-seven, he has great size and athleticism, and is truly capable of playing and guarding four different positions on the floor," he said.
Through spending time playing at high levels in college and in the NBA D-League, Salerno has high hopes for the forward.
"I think he can be a very good player in this league."
Miller has talked with former teammates who have spent time in the NBL about the difference in style and physicality of the league compared to the D-League.
"From what they've told me, there's going to be an adjustment. Walking into a situation you know nothing about, there always will be one. From any level you need to get adjusted.”
The small-town vibe of P.E.I. is in stark contrast to New Jersey and Oklahoma City where Miller has spent time playing previously. He said community is always very important to him.
"Community is a big thing. When you show love to the community, they show it back."
By playing with a lot of emotions, playing with a smile on his face and always hustling for himself and the team, Miller is hoping to spark excitement in the fans.
"I give myself for others and show a lot of love to the crowd and teammates."
Miller will join the rest of the Storm for training camp, beginning Dec. 8, in hopes to join the team on Dec. 26 for the season opener at 2 p.m. in the Eastlink Centre.