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    SDSU WBB: Miller signs deal to play in Spain

    Macy Miller's basketball journey will continue overseas as the all-time leading scorer in South Dakota State women's basketball history recently signed a professional contract to play in Spain.

    Miller plans to report to the Baxi Ferrol squad Sept. 1. The Mitchell native will be one of two Americans on the roster for the team, which competes in the second division of the Spanish professional league.

    "I felt like the Spanish team had everything I wanted," Miller said. "It's in a safe area, is competitive basketball and provides comfortable pay."

    Ferrol is a port city of about 70,000 people in northwestern Spain, located near Portugal.

    The decision to play in Europe came after a whirlwind experience with the defending WNBA champion Seattle Storm. Despite some confusion over her selection as the final pick in the April draft, Miller described her time at training camp in May as an "unreal experience."

    "The preseason games were awesome," Miller said, noting she was able to go up against the likes of Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury) and Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks) in the two games she played. "I was nervous, but once I got on the floor I was able to get settled in pretty quickly."

    Miller was held scoreless in her professional debut against Phoenix on May 15, but came back two nights later with an eight-point outing versus Los Angeles.

    A little more than a month removed from her first WNBA experience, Miller has returned to South Dakota, helping conduct youth camps through Ambush Basketball a couple days per week. She also has been working with OI Performance in Sioux Falls and has committed time for her own workouts.

    Much of the focus of her workouts these next two months will be to continue to improve her shooting and 1-on-1 moves and skills with an eye toward another run at making a WNBA roster next spring.

    A two-time Summit League Player of the Year, Miller established league and SDSU career scoring records with 2,355 points. She helped lead the Jackrabbits to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including the program's first-ever Sweet 16 berth during the 2018-19 season.

    As she reflects on her collegiate playing days, Miller says her experiences as a Jackrabbit have served her well as she embarks on a professional career.

    "I think A.J. (head coach Aaron Johnston) and the coaches do a great job in putting together competitive schedules so when we'd get to the NCAA Tournament we knew what to expect," Miller said. "They developed us into better players and got us prepared."

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