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Another LSU basketball player decides not to transfer and returns to the Tigers program | USL

A preseason knee injury prevented Adam Miller from donning an LSU uniform last season, robbing Tiger fans of the opportunity to see what the talented transfer from Illinois would bring to the table.

If all goes well, they will be able to see him this season.

Miller, a 6-foot-3 shooter, removed his name from the transfer portal on Friday and announced he would stay at LSU to play for new coach Matt McMahon, whose program received a huge boost with the news. .

LSU officials confirmed the decision in a tweet that read, “Unfinished business @AceWolf44 stay in Baton Rouge.”

According to a university press release, Miller was “medically cleared for all basketball activities in preparation for practices.”

Miller became the third player to return to LSU after exploring his options in the transfer portal.

Junior striker Mwani Wilkinson announced on April 11 that he would return and second-year goaltender Judge Williams joined him two days later.

Miller, a former four-star recruit, tweeted April 29 that he was down to two schools — LSU and TCU.

The tweet included a photo of himself and read “Top 2” with the LSU and TCU logos below.

Miller underwent surgery in Los Angeles last fall after suffering an ACL tear in his right knee during preseason training on Oct. 19.

“I was raised to go through every situation possible,” Miller tweeted after sustaining the injury. “I’m a soldier…the game can’t be played without me for too long. I’ll be back.”

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He was expected to play a big role for LSU after averaging 8.3 points and 2.8 rebounds starting all 31 games as a rookie at Illinois in the 2020-21 season.

The Peoria, Illinois native will now have the chance to be the hard-hitting scorer and the all-rounder’s former coach Will Wade thought he would get last season.

Although he couldn’t play, Miller was active and engaged with his LSU teammates throughout a 22-12 campaign that ended in Wade’s dismissal and a first-round tournament loss. NCAA vs. Iowa State.

It was no surprise when Miller, who continued his rehab at Baton Rouge, entered the transfer portal on March 29 – just eight days after McMahon was hired.

With Darius Days and Tari Eason declaring themselves for the NBA draft, the other 11 stock market players who were on the list last season have all entered the transfer portal.

In an interview with The Advocate a week after Wilkinson and Williams announced their return, McMahon said the door was open for others if they chose to join his program.

“We are going to put in place a very user-friendly system for players who want to showcase their skills and talents at the highest level of college basketball,” McMahon said at the time.

Miller’s interest in TCU likely stems from playing last summer for Horned Frogs coach Jamie Dixon, who led Team USA to FIBA ​​World Cup gold medal ​​U19 in Riga, Latvia.

Miller scored 12 points in the first half to help beat France in the gold medal game and averaged 7.4 points, 3.6 assists and 3.3 rebounds for the tournament.

Miller’s return gives McMahon 12 scholarship players, one shy of the 13 awarded by the NCAA.

In addition to Miller, Wilkinson and Williams; McMahon signed transfers Kendal Coleman, Justice Hill, Cam Hayes, Trae Hannibal, KJ Williams and Derek Fountain; and high school students Corneilous Williams, Jalen Reed and Tyrell Ward.

Reed and Ward are four-star prospects who are in the Top 75 of the 2022 recruiting class nationally, according to the 247Sports composite list.

Patrick Magee contributed to this report.