MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Mitchell basketball legend Mike Miller is officially a college basketball coach.
University of Memphis coach Penny Hardaway announced Saturday that the 17-year NBA veteran has joined his staff has as an assistant.
Miller, 38, played for seven years for the Grizzlies, making him one of the most popular players in the franchise’s history. He played for six seasons in Memphis from 2002-08 and was with the team in the 2013-14 season. Miller did not play during the 2017-18 season, but said he was looking forward to the opportunity to potentially coach in the future.
Also announced Saturday was the news that the announced that the South Dakota basketball classic that has been known as the Mike Miller Classic for the first eight years of its existence will now be called the Hoop City Classic. That follows the move by the M33M AAU basketball program to be re-named the Hoop City Basketball Club. NCAA compliance rules necessitated the changes to separate from Miller has he joins the Memphis staff.
As a Grizzlies standout, Miller had a number of moments that put him into Memphis basketball lore. During a game against the Golden State Warriors on Feb. 21, 2007, Miller set the Grizzlies' single-game scoring mark with 45 points. A month earlier, also against the Warriors, he set a franchise record with nine 3-pointers. Following the 2005-06 season, he was named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year after averaging 13.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists. His second stint with the Grizzlies came during the 2013-14 season, one in which Miller played in all 82 regular-season games and shot 45.9 percent from beyond the arc.
Miller, who played at the University of Florida, also had NBA stints with the Magic (who drafted him in the first round in 2000), Timberwolves, Wizards and Heat. With the Heat, he was on back-to-back NBA championship teams in 2012 and '13.