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Miller ready to seize WNBA opportunity

Mitchell native Macy Miller, left, and her parents Alan, center, and Shelly, right, share a laugh at the Mitchell Quarterback Club on Wednesday. (Ryan Deal / Republic)

Macy Miller is ready for the opportunity of a lifetime.

The Mitchell native and former South Dakota State University guard was recently selected by the Seattle Storm in the WNBA Draft, and she's now set to battle for a roster spot during training camp. Miller flew to Seattle on Thursday morning as her professional basketball dreams are there for the taking when camp starts this weekend.

"I want to seize it," Miller said about the opportunity. "I have been dreaming about it since I have been a little girl. It's really cool to get this opportunity, but you have to put that nervous energy to good use and just go out there and just work as hard as I can."

Since the WNBA Draft on April 10, Miller has been preparing for the professional opportunity. She's been working out in Brookings with SDSU assistant coach Carissa Thielbar and assistant strength and conditioning coach Eric Adolph.

The former Kernel will be among 20 players vying for one of the 12 roster spots. The Storm also drafted two other players Ezi Magbegor (No. 12 overall) and Anriel Howard (No. 24 overall). Magbegor will remain overseas this year and plans to join the team in 2020.

But for Miller, her foot is in the professional door and she plans to keep kicking it in. The 40-game WNBA season runs from May to September. After that, Miller plans to play with a professional team overseas.

"If I make the team or not, overseas is still going to be an option," Miller said. "So it would be September to April, and I think that's a huge opportunity for me and another way I can grow."

She hasn't decided on an overseas team, but mentioned Spain or Australia as possible destinations.

As for this opportunity, Miller said the Storm told her they like her basketball I.Q. on the court. The 6-foot Miller played four positions at SDSU, but Seattle intends her to play at both guard spots.

Miller said the style of play will be different than what she played at SDSU.

"I think South Dakota State's style is different because we are more team-oriented," Miller said. "But those higher up colleges and WNBA teams are more like space you out. So it's going to be five out and they just want to set high pick and rolls for the point guard."

Miller hopes to show her full repertoire of skills that made her the SDSU and Summit League all-time leading scorer with 2,355 points.

"I'll probably just go out there and play as hard as I can," Miller said. "Find open teammates and knock down shots when I am open."

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