Nashville, Tenn. - For the first conference honors of the 2010-11 basketball season, Tennessee State University's Patrick Miller was named Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week for his performance against Mississippi State.
In his collegiate debut, Miller tied a team-high scoring 13 points. He grabbed four rebounds, dished out two assists and recorded a steal as the Tigers played last year's SEC West Division champion, Mississippi State tough in Starkville, before falling 75-65. He hit 5-of-8 (62.5%) from the free throw line for the Tigers who were limited to just nine players due to injuries.
Miller, a 6'0, 185lbs, guard from Chicago, Ill. opened the season with back-to-back double-digit performances in the Tigers' two exhibition wins over Trevecca Nazarene (84-77) and Carson-Newman (81-65). He scored 19 points against Trevecca Nazarene and followed with 14 versus Carson-Newman. Miller gained most of his points from the free-throw line in both contests shooting a combined 21-of-30.
Last night against Fisk in the home opener, Miller bested his previous performance with a new career-high, 16 points, hitting 5-of-9 from the floor including 3-of-4 from three-point range. He added six rebounds and three assists in the Tigers' first win of the season over the Bulldogs, 85-50.
Miller joins the Big Blue after leading Hales Franciscan HS to 28-4 record winning the Regional and Sectional Championship. He averaged 22.6 ppg and was voted Chicago's Catholic Player of the Year. He was twice named to the IBCA, Journal Star and Associated Press Class 2A All-State First Team.
For the second straight year, TSU lands a conference freshman player of the week honor after the first game of the season after sophomore Robert Covington opened last year with the title due to his performance against Siena.