Uconn Basketball: Cornell standout Shonn Miller to visit Uconn
April 17, 2015 by Sean McGarrity http://isportsweb.com/2015/04/17/uconn-basketball-cornell-standout-shonn-miller-to-visit-uconn/
Shonn Miller will be visiting Uconn this weekend as he looks to find a home for his final year of eligibility. The Cornell star redshirted his junior year following a shoulder injury that left him unable to play the 2012-13 season. The 6-7, 215 pound forward could make for a valued addition to a Huskies team that suffered last season from both lack of depth and experience.
The Ivy League doesn’t allow its graduate students to participate in school athletics, and as a result, many look to transfer elsewhere to play during their fifth year. Miller joins a growing number of student athletes that choose to play their final year of eligibility elsewhere. This includes the likes of Yale’s Jeremiah Kriesberg, who left for Northwestern last season, and Providence’s Tyler Harris, who has already visited Uconn this month.Head Coach Kevin Ollie will be keen to make a good impression as Miller has already met with several schools including, Illinois, Michigan, and Marquette. Miller poses a threat from both the perimeter and the interior, as well as possessing the ability play both ends of the floor. This versatility makes him an attractive prospect for next season. There is also added appeal in Miller as a fifth-year player because it will open up scholarships for possible 2016 recruits.
Miller played in all 28 games for Cornell this season. His 16.8 points and 8.5 rebounds a game saw him finish second overall in the Ivy League, and a candidate for player of the year. He also finished in the top three in several other notable categories including points, defensive rebounds, free throws, blocks, and field goals.
“I think he (Miller) could have an impact at a major Division I program next season.” Harvard Coach Tommy Amaker said.
The full extent of Miller’s ability was on display during Cornell’s 57-49 upset victory over Harvard on February 27th. He sank several critical shots in the second half including a pair of three-pointers, accentuated by a reverse alley-oop (Dunk at 1:35) late in the game. Miller would finish with a double-double, recording 24 points, 15 assists, and three blocks.
“I think Shonn is a tremendous talent,” Yale coach James Jones said. “He’s big, strong, athletic, he had some thunderous dunks over his career, you shake your head at how awesome they were.”
Coach Kevin Ollie will be on the lookout for players that can play and compete right away and Miller definitely possesses the ability to do so. Should Miller decide that Uconn is the right place for him, the former Ivy League Rookie of the Year could add that extra bit of depth and experience that the Huskies desperately needed last season.
Ollie has had success with fifth-year transfers in the past, most notably Lasan Kromah who helped the Huskies to a national championship in 2014. With a strong out-of-conference schedule this season that will include Texas, Ohio State, and Florida the leadership, experience, and depth Miller can offer could prove indispensable.