South Dakota State women’s basketball student-athlete Macy Miller was named one of 30 candidates for the 2018-19 Senior CLASS Award Friday.
Miller, an exercise science major, is one of nine student-athletes from the mid-major ranks and one of two from The Summit League named to the list. Last year, Ellie Thompson was also a candidate for the award.
The candidates will be narrowed to a field of 10 finalists in February, and those names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select the female candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the areas of community, classroom, character and competition.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in the four categories.
Miller, the reigning Summit League Player of the Year, ranks third in the league in scoring (18.1) and in the top 10 in four other statistical categories. She was named one of 35 candidates for the 2019 Wade Trophy and picked up Summit League Player of the Week honors Nov. 19.
She is 44 points shy of becoming South Dakota State’s all-time scoring leader, 156 points short of 2,000 career points and she needs 434 points to become The Summit League’s career scoring leader. She and the Jackrabbits return to the court Tuesday when they play at Chattanooga.
Miller is a two-time Summit League All-Academic selection, a Summit League Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence recipient and a Distinguished Scholar on The Summit League Academic Honor Roll. She has been named to the SDState dean's list four times.
In the community, the Mitchell native has been a SAAC officer for two years, helping to raise more than 40,000 pounds of food for the local food pantry. She has also read books to elementary students in the Brookings community. As a member of the Brookings FCA, Miller packed boxes for Operation Christmas Child and had a mission trip to Belize where she cleaned churches, ran sports camps and ran Bible school.