Malcolm Miller will be returning to Harbour Station for his second year as a member of the Saint John Riptide. “I returned because I felt it was the best thing to do for me and my family this year. I didn’t want to play to far away from the states,” Miller said. “I intended on playing G league again but my agent helped work out a solid deal with the team that I’m comfortable with. Also I know that I’m going back to playing for a great coach, in a great city with great fans.”
The talented 6-foot-6 guard/ forward led the Riptide in scoring last year, averaging 18 points and 6 rebounds per game. He was named to the All-NBL Canada Third Team and was the Player of the Week in the Atlantic Division twice during his first season playing for the Riptide.
“Malcolm stepped up big for us last year, and took his game to a whole new level in the playoffs. He was locked in on both sides of the ball and performed his best when it mattered most,” Head coach and General Manager Nelson Terroba said. “Malcolm is always eager and ready to take the big shot, but he is also happy to share the ball and create for others. He is a great teammate and eager to do whatever it takes to win. I was so pleased to see his growth.”
Terroba was impressed by Miller’s consistent high quality of play. He finished in the Top 5 for best 3 point FG shooting percentage in the NBL. “Malcolm is one of the most efficient and effective players I have coached. He shoots at a high percentage and is so versatile on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. He was able to defend from 1-4 last year consistently and even defended the 5 at times,” Terroba said.
Miller has been hard at work this summer preparing for the coming season. “This summer I’ve been doing a lot of cardio training and lifting trying to work on my body and be in the best shape possible for my next season, Miller said. “I train everyday by myself or with some of my close basketball friends–working on my craft and trying things I’m not used to. Also, I have been playing in my city’s men’s league for fun.”
Prior to playing at Saint John, Miller played in the NBA G League with the Maine Red Claws, the farm team to the Boston Celtics. He also played in Luxembourg and Hungary in his first two years out of college.
Having played in the G League Europe, Miller knows first-hand the level of competition that is present every night in the NBL and how it stacks up against the best leagues in the world. “Last year I really enjoyed the competitiveness of the league and how great our fans supported us,” Miller said. I played with a good group of guys and had a lot of fun the whole year. Also I enjoyed working with Coach Terroba and learning from him and taking his advice from how he breaks down the game — he is very detailed.”
Terroba also expressed excitement over Miller’s return. “We are so excited to have Malcolm back. He proved himself to be one of the most valuable players in the NBL last year. In addition, he was a pleasure to coach, and was always working on his craft to improve,” Terroba said. “Our fans love Malcolm as well.”
Miller is a native of Midland, Texas where he played for Midland Lee High School. He attended Southern University after two years at South Plains College. “I have big hopes and goals for this upcoming season. I’ve been working really hard and I feel with the right pieces around me we are going to make another great run and get to the playoffs again for sure and force our way to the finals. I’m super excited to be back and can’t wait til the season starts,” Miller said.
Link to Season Stats: http://www.nblcanada.ca/sports/mbkb/2017-18/players/malcolmmillercsge