NCAAW: Maryland’s Diamond Miller talks Terrapin hoops, Ashley Owusu

Diamond Miller thinks she’s a part of the very best backcourt in America.

The Maryland junior guard informed Swish Appeal that the duo of her and fellow junior guard Ashley Owusu puts the Terrapins ahead of all other guard combos in the nation.

“We have enough self-confidence in ourselves,” Miller stated. “We strive every offseason, so why not put ourselves at the top? Naturally, with a great deal of growing, we’re still establishing as gamers, however I believe we’re both positive in our capabilities, so why not put ourselves at No. 1?”

Owusu led Maryland in scoring last season, balancing 17.9 points, 5.9 helps, 5.6 rebounds and 1.3 takes per video game. The 6-foot Virginia local has a tight manage, a fast initial step and strength to follow through contact at the rim. Her help average likewise led the Terrapins last season; it was over 2 more helps per video game than any Maryland colleague.

“Ashley is a really high IQ lady,” Miller stated. “She understands when to offer specific individuals the ball and I believe we type of simply jell. She understands where I’m at and where I desire the ball each time. We’ve been betting, going on, 3 years now, so we understand each other’s video game to the point. It’s simply a great deal of enjoyable, I delight in having fun with her and she’s a container so that assists.”

Ashley Owusu (left) and Diamond Miller.
Image by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images

Miller was Maryland’s second-leading scorer last season as she balanced 17.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.9 helps, 1.4 takes and a block. The 6-foot-3 New Jersey native usages her length to get to the rim in couple of dribbles on offense, and uses up a great deal of property on the protective end of the flooring. She stated she matured aiming to the hybrid guard-forwards of Candace Parker, Breanna Stewart and Elena Delle Donne, in addition to Maya Moore and Skylar Diggins-Smith. A few of her preferred basketball memories were of seeing the Notre Dame-UConn competition, and her appreciation for star gamers is among the important things that made the video game enjoyable to her. Miller’s size benefit as a guard featured a teen development spurt after running offenses as a kid. Far from her youth video games and practices, she typically contended versus her brother or sisters and dad.

Her enthusiasm for playing and studying the video game led her to making the 2021 All-Big 10 First String. Miller and Owusu ended up being the main reasons that Maryland went into the NCAA Competition as favorites to make a deep run.

March had other strategies, nevertheless.

In the Sugary food 16, versus first-year Texas coach Vic Schaefer and 2021 WNBA Draft No. 1 choice Charli Collier, Maryland gave up a very first half double-digit lead and lost 64-61.

“It harmed,” Miller stated. “Plain and easy. That loss was a dagger. We seemed like we might’ve gone even more than that clearly, however we disappointed our objectives and it was simply an unpleasant discomfort I felt for the longest time since my mind is believing need to’ve, might’ve, would’ve.”

Miller considered what she might’ve done to assist her group. She considered the easy mistakes she made, the miscommunication, protective breakdowns and missed out on rebounds.

She stated she’s viewed the video game about 4 or 5 times given that March, and has actually given that forgiven herself.

“We can’t take anything for given since that’s what I seemed like we performed in that video game, and it’s like turning the page,” she stated. “We’re going to be back this year and we’re going to play more difficult and deal with our information, which cost us the video game in Texas.”

Miller has actually invested the offseason honing her video game, and she was appreciative for the chance to size herself up with a few of the nation’s other elite skill while having fun with Group U.S.A. at the AmeriCup in June. She stated the U.S.A. experience provided her a sneak peek of a few of the leading expert basketball potential customers, and the truth she held her own was a self-confidence booster.

Ending up being a specialist has actually constantly been Miller’s dream as a basketball gamer. Even with NCAA professional athletes being authorized to compensate off their Name, Image and Similarity, Miller stated she’s not going to wait to end up being an expert if the chance emerges.

“If I have the chance, I’m going early even if that’s my dream,” she stated. “My dream is not to play college basketball permanently. You can’t remain in one area for too long, so I seem like if you have the chance to go, why not turn the page and begin your profession of being an expert? However that’s simply me, personally. That’s what I would do.”

Miller will be 21 at the time of the 2022 draft, so they would need to decrease the minimum age below 22 for her to go professional after her junior year.

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