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Miller, Storm open exhibition slate tonight

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)

SEATTLE—Macy Miller is set to make her professional basketball debut tonight.

The Mitchell native and former South Dakota State University guard will suit up for the Seattle Storm tonight in the first of two exhibition games. The Storm will host the Phoenix Mercury at 9 p.m. Central time in a preseason contest. Seattle's second and final exhibition game is Friday against the Los Angeles Sparks in Pasadena, California.

Miller was drafted by the Storm with the 36th and final pick in the recent WNBA Draft. She's one of a handful of players vying for one of the 12 roster spots. Miller will wear No. 4 for the Storm.

Seattle, which won last year's WNBA title, has a logjam of guards on the training camp roster. Veterans Sue Bird and Jewell Loyd headline the backcourt, along with second-year players Jordin Canada and Sami Whitcomb and free agent Shavonte Zellous. Fellow rookies Recee Caldwell and Presley Hudson are also battling for spots on the final roster.

Seattle will be without last year's MVP Breanna Stewart for the season due to a torn Achilles.

Due to Stewart's absence, The Swish Appeal reports: "The Storm will likely transition to more of a guard-oriented offense, which may give Miller some playing time in an effort to spread out the additional offensive load among the guards."

The Swish Appeal also reported: "Even if Miller does not land with the Storm this season, she has the skills needed to play in the WNBA."

Percy Allen, of the Seattle Times, wrote on Monday: "Seattle also will use the exhibition games to get a look at its handful of newcomers, including second-round draft choice Anriel Howard and third-round choice Macy Miller, who are battling for what appears to be just one open spot on a veteran-laden roster."

Seattle opens the regular season on May 25 against the Mercury, while it will play the Minnesota Lynx on May 29 at the Target Center in Minneapolis.