As long as she can remember, Adreana Miller has been in and out of gyms.
Her first exposure to basketball was through her father, Lance, a former Villanova basketball standout who continued his career overseas after his time as a Wildcat. Lance Miller was inducted into the school’s Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 2011.
“My dad was always in the YMCA and I was there or playing around,” Adreana Miller said. “That’s all l knew. It was just basketball because my dad continued to play. He played overseas and I just continued to follow him everywhere and we were always in and out of gyms. It’s been a long time.”
Miller continued the family’s Philadelphia basketball lineage, playing the last three seasons at LaSalle, but will take on a new challenge next season, having committed to Ohio State for the 2018-19 season as a graduate transfer. Miller will work toward a master’s degree in sport management.
The 5-feet-11 guard from Somerset, New Jersey averaged double-figure scoring in each of her last two seasons with the Explorers, finishing second on the team with 13.6 points per game as a junior. LaSalle finished 8-22 and the school announced it would not renew coach Jeff Williams’ contract following the 2017-18 season.
Miller joins an Ohio State team that loses a chunk of experience with Alexa Hart, Asia Doss, Kelsey Mitchell, Stephanie Mavunga and Linnae Harper finishing out their eligibility but gains some back with four graduate transfers — Miller, Carly Santoro, Najah Queenland and Ashanti Abshaw.
A question surrounding the 2018-19 Ohio State women’s basketball team will be continuity and how quickly a group that includes eight new players learns to play as a collective. Their cohesiveness could go a long way in determining the team’s success.
Miller said she has spoken with Queenland and Santoro.
“I’m a lot older so I’ve seen a lot and I just matured throughout every year and my mentality has gotten better within each year, so that’s the big thing,” Miller said. “(The graduate transfers have) been through it and we’ve seen how college basketball works, so we can just use our wisdom and what we know to help the other teammates.”
Miller, who described herself as a player who’s able to space the floor and capitalize on pick and pop plays, said she’s looking forward to Ohio State’s up-tempo style of play.
Ohio State also has a much bigger campus than LaSalle’s, but it’s one she said will feel smaller with the basketball program.
“Coming from a Philadelphia school it was a lot of city but you still kind of get that city feel in Columbus, especially down High Street,” she said. “But, it’s a lot different and I have football now. That makes a big difference.”
She will arrive on campus in July after finishing up a few online courses to complete her bachelor’s degree at LaSalle.
“One, I want to say I’m just appreciative. All I know is the other side and I’ve seen everything. So now I know that I’m a better situation and I’m just ready,” she said. “This is my time to show that I’m hungry and I want more and this is my time to improve my game because it’s better competition. I’m just extremely excited.”