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Mitchell’s Miller selected by the Storm

South Dakota State University's Macy Miller (12) drives to the basket as University of South Dakota's Allison Arens (10) defends during the Summit League tournament championship at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Macy Miller’s lifelong dream became a reality on Wednesday, but not without some confusion.

The Mitchell native was drafted by the Seattle Storm with the 36th and final pick of the WNBA Draft. But she hadn’t received a call from the Storm when they selected her and there were reports the team picked Kentucky’s Maci Morris.

To make matters worse, the Storm’s official Twitter account tweeted and deleted a post about the franchise drafting Miller. The WNBA Twitter account also posted a graphic with the final selections and it excluded Miller.

Once the confusion was cleared up and after Miller received a call from the franchise, reality set in for the former Kernel.

“Like you guys, I was in confusion as well where I was drafted,” Miller said in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday night. “I honestly was in shock when I saw my name (on TV). I hadn’t received a call or anything. But when I saw my name up there, it was a great feeling and I am super excited to get down to Seattle in a couple weeks and just to get after it.”

Miller is the first SDSU women’s basketball player selected in the WNBA Draft since 2007 when Megan Vogel was selected 19th overall in the second round by the Washington Mystics.

Miller’s first cousin, Mike, was selected by the Orlando Magic in the first round of the 2000 NBA Draft.

“It’s something you have been working for your whole life, as a little girl watching Mike,” Miller said. “It’s just like that’s what I want to do when I get older is like play professionally.”

Miller said she hadn’t been in contact with the Storm leading into the draft, but instead had some dialogue with the Los Angeles Sparks.

A 6-foot guard, Miller’s stock was boosted after competing in a pair of pre-draft camps this past weekend in Tampa, Florida. Miller said she demonstrated her versatility at the camps and showed she belonged with the elite.

“I think going to these type of camps and being with all those different kind of players that could potentially go to the WNBA helps,” Miller said. “It shows I can beat players off the dribble or I can pass or I can shoot. I think going to that camp really helped show kind of you can fit in with those players.”

Now she’ll try to fit in with the defending WNBA champs. The Storm are powered by point guard Sue Bird and Miller is anxious to learn from the 11-time WNBA all-star.

“She’s a very good point guard,” Miller said. “I am excited to go down and learn from her, (guard) Jewel Lloyd and being around (forward) Breanna Stewart. That’s even cool in itself, too.”

Miller became The Summit League's all-time leading scorer in the championship game of the league tournament and finished her career with 2,355 points. Miller was also named the tournament MVP and to the all-tournament team for the third time.

Miller and the Jackrabbits women's basketball team had a historic run in the NCAA Tournament in March, playing in the program's and The Summit League's first Sweet Sixteen.

The Storm start training camp later this month and open the season May 25 against Phoenix.

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