Delaware's 67-63 loss to College of Charleston in the first round of the CAA tournament wasn't a particularly noteworthy game. But for Mount Saint Joseph senior Randy Miller, it was one he'll remember forever.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound combo guard was in the stands at Royal Farms Arena last Friday, cheering on the Blue Hens as their newest commitment. Miller, a first-team All-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference selection, pledged to Delaware coach Monte Ross earlier that week.
"It was definitely exciting," Miller said. "I can't wait to get there. I definitely just want to help the team. It feels like Delaware is family, both the coaches and the players. I think it's definitely a great opportunity for me to grow as a student and also as a basketball player."
Miller has already done plenty of growing over the past few years. He joined the Mount Saint Joseph junior varsity team as a freshman and has spent the past three seasons playing on the varsity squad, learning from several Gaels who have gone on to do big things in college.
"Randy had strong role models in front of him," Mount Saint Joseph coach Pat Clatchey said. "Kam Williams (Ohio State), Phil Booth (Villanova), Jaylen Adams (St. Bonaventure), Jordan McNeil (Towson) and Charlie Jones (American) – five perimeter players who became [strong] college players as well. He held his own and progressed and developed throughout the course of his career."
Though Miller played for high-profile AAU teams in the D.C. Blue Devils and Nike Baltimore Elite, it wasn't really until this season that colleges took note of his play. Miller averaged 14 points, four rebounds and two assists, leading the Gaels to runner-up finishes in the MIAA A Conference and Baltimore Catholic League tournaments.
"He's a very good shooter, like a lot of those [previous MSJ guards] were," Clatchey said. "He's a good, solid defensive player on the ball and off the ball. He knows how to play. I think it's a great fit for him and a great opportunity."
Delaware, meanwhile, was struggling through a 7-23 season and looking to add shooters to its roster. Miller, who shot 44 percent from 3-point range and 84 percent from the line, fit the bill. Blue Hens assistant coach Chris Cheeks scouted Miller and liked what he saw. Miller was invited to check out the UD campus in Newark, Del., on an unofficial visit.
"I loved the school," Miller said. "I didn't even officially visit yet, but [Cheeks] showed me around a little bit. It's a nice campus and I really liked it. Then I got to meet Coach Ross."
Ross sold Miller on joining a Blue Hens backcourt that features a Salisbury native who also played for Nike Baltimore Elite.
"They definitely told me they're going to need me to score and distribute the ball. And I'm going to be playing with Kory Holden," Miller said of the Eastern Shore native, who led Delaware in scoring as a sophomore at more than 17 points per game.
Miller, who also held an offer from Fairfield and was receiving interest from Siena and Robert Morris, said he's "relieved and excited" to start his college career an hour away from home.
"My mother and father are definitely happy about that," Miller said.