Boston, Ma (Boston Latin Academy)
3 GP 4 MPG 1 PPG .7 RPG .3 APG 0 SPG 0 BPG 20 % FG 25 % 3FG
One of two walk on’s for the Minutemen, Miller only played in three games last season and recorded seven short appearances the year before. It’s clear that he hasn’t seen the court much in the past two years, but with the lack of depth at the guard position, this season looks to be the time he finally gets an opportunity. Before UMass, Miller starred at Boston Latin Academy as a 1,000 point scorer, four-year starter and two-time City League All-Star. Notably, he was also an All-Scholastic selection by the Boston Herald in his time there. Despite these numbers, he didn’t draw much attention from Division 1 programs and joined the team as a student manager his freshman year. After injuries derailed the lineup, Miller was selected to the roster as a walk on by former coach Derek Kellogg.
It is evident that Coach McCall is extremely high on Miller’s abilities and immediately fell in love with his work ethic and attitude over the preseason. McCall knows exactly what he is going to get with Miller as he has established himself as solid and dependable in any role he is asked to fill. Now, with the news of Jalyn Brantley’s heart condition, Miller will compete for starting minutes at the off guard spot and will surely take some of the ball handling responsibilities from Luwane Pipkins. Look for Miller to be one of, if not the most improved player on the team and perhaps the entire conference. He’s been waiting his whole life for a chance, expect him to take this one.
Role/Attributes: Starting Sg or Backup PG, Smooth Jump Shot, Reliable
Quote: Head Coach Matt McCall on Miller’s dependability
“I think Ray is a guy you’re going to see out of the floor an enormous amount for us. He’s reliable. He’s always in the right spots defensively. He’s competitive. He does exactly what you ask him to do. He’s connected with all his teammates. When you put all that together, Ray Miller will be in the lineup and he’ll be in there an enormous amount.
Quote from Daily Hampshire Gazette article http://www.gazettenet.com/Walk-on-G-Rayshawn-Miller-ready-to-contribute-for-UMass-13063896 by Matt Vantour