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Tony Miller transfers to Washington State

Miller takes the scholarship from the departed Ahmed Ali

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When Ahmed Ali transferred last month from the Washington State basketball team, it didn’t make things easy on first-year head coach Kyle Smith. While Ali’s departure wasn’t a total surprise—he’d flirted with transferring earlier this year—it came awfully close to the start of the school year and a little late in the recruiting cycle.

Enter Tony Miller, who sat out the past season at Montana after transferring to Missoula from Seattle Pacific. Miller announced yesterday he’ll be joining the WSU basketball team for the upcoming season.

The Spokesman-Review’s Theo Lawson reports that Miller will be a redshirt junior and “should have two years of eligibility remaining.” Lawson also reported that Miller should be in the lineup this fall.

Miller, a 6’6 forward out of Woodinville High School, was the KingCo 4A Player of the Year in 2016. He averaged 19 points a game as a freshman at Seattle Pacific and 18 as a sophomore. He only played in 12 games as a sophomore before undergoing shoulder surgery.

He won’t replace Ali on the court—Ali was a point guard, after all—but he is another body who can clearly score. We’ll see if his scoring ability translates to a Pac-12 level.

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