BROOKINGS, S.D. (KSFY) - South Dakota State’s Macy Miller is just like any other senior, reflecting on her time over her collegiate career.
“Last year it’s crazy, you know coming in freshman year I’m quiet, you’re stepping something new. You know when you come in you’re like hey I’ve got four years, I’m a freshman,” says Miller.
She’s say though, there’s still room to make the most of her final year of school.
“But this year I want to be more of a leader this year, vocally and just how I do things on the court.The freshman want to look up to someone, and I say I’ve advanced in that,” says Miller.
It goes without saying that the Mitchell native will be leaving behind a legacy in the SDSU Women’s Basketball program, but the fifth-year senior almost didn’t make it this far. She suffered two major knee injuries in her career, putting her basketball future on the line.
“It’s been a journey that’s for sure, especially going through it twice. You know when I went down, I knew it was going to be hard and going through it that second time, I knew what it was going to take to get back, and I just said I was really motivated to get back to the level I was at before,” says Miller.
Macy though is back and healthy, already making a dominant impact to the Jackrabbits 8-3 record to start the season.
“She’s really hungry, you can’t be more hungry than you are as a senior. There’s something that when you get to that last year and you know this is my final fingerprint… It’s really motivating and really a driving force, and I think Macy sees that and senses that as you watch her. So people will see a whole different just movement and athleticism I think from Macy,” says SDSU Head Coach Aaron Johnston.
Miller has already earned 2018 Summit League Player of the Year and is a two-time Summit League Tournament MVP.
“I’m playing the sport I love, going in day out and just enjoying it. You know I think of it more as just a game, I’m going to go out and work hard and the outcome whatever it is, is going to come,” says Miller.
This season another accolade is in her future, becoming the program's all time leading scorer.
“We’re just so happy that she’s a Jackrabbit and I think a lot of people are. It will be fun to follow what she does now, but also next year as she moves on to another chapter of basketball,” said Johnston.
Despite her reigning success, the six-foot guard remains humble, working to propel SDSU to their fourth NCAA tournament appearance during her collegiate career.
“Even though I got that extra year and you know five years gone by it’s crazy how fast it is. I’m just going to cherish everything with these teammates and every game, because shortly I won’t be able to put on that SDSU jersey anymore so you know I’m blessed for the opportunities I’ve had and just thankful I’ve been playing here,” says Miller.
The Jackrabbits have their next game on Wednesday at home against Oregon at 7 p.m.