Who is Sam Miller: Seven facts about Dayton basketball player in jail fight

Arlington, Va., native picked UD in July 2014

Sam Miller’s up-and-down basketball career at the University of Dayton hit a low point Tuesday when news broke of his arrest in Greene County.

Miller, 20, faces allegations of underage drinking followed by an assault charge for his alleged role in a disturbance in jail.

Who is Sam Miller? Here are seven facts about the 6-foot-9 junior forward:

1. Virginia resident: Miller is from Arlington, Va., and graduated from Gonzaga College High School in Washington. Gonzaga is a Catholic boys school located about a mile north of the U.S. Capitol.

2. Early verbal: Miller announced his verbal commitment to UD in July 2014. At that point, Archie Miller’s staff had commitments from Xeyrius Williams and Ryan Mikesell. John Crosby joined the 2015 class later.

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Miller’s top two choices were Dayton and Gonzaga University.

“One thing that really impressed me was coach (Archie) Miller came around with us to everything,” Miller said then. “That showed his level of interest. No other school showed that level of interest.”

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3. Local connection: Miller’s dad’s uncle, Jim Pera, was the campus minister for liturgical music at UD when Miller signed with the Flyers. He no longer works at the school.

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Miller has another aunt and uncle from his mom’s side who live in Dayton: Roxanne and Stephen Wolf.

4. Talented family: Jean Miller, Sam’s mom, played basketball at South Dakota University and professionally in Germany.

5. Freshman year: Miller played double-figure minutes in the first two games of his freshman year, totaling 11 points. Like all the freshmen, his playing time varied by the week.

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Miller had several strong performances in Atlantic 10 play, scoring 25 points in a three-game stretch. In the last five games of the season, he scored two points and played a total of 19 minutes. He averaged 3.2 points and 1.4 rebounds in 27 games.

6. Sophomore year: Miller played a key reserve role in non-conference play. He played double-figure minutes in 11 of 12 games. He scored a career-high 15 points against Virginia Military Institute.

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Miller’s playing time decreased when the A-10 schedule began. He averaged 4.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in 26 games.

7. Broken foot: On April 1, the day UD introduced Anthony Grant as head coach, Miller fractured his foot playing basketball. Grant provided an update on his rehabilitation on July 13.

“He’s doing really well,” Grant said. “He’s on the court. We started off with him doing stationary shooting three weeks ago. We graduated now to where he’s able to take jump shots. He’s moving on the court. He’s progressing really, really well. I think Mike (Mulcahey), our trainer, feels like he’s on course, it not ahead of course, in terms of him being able to get back and be ready to go sometime in September.”

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