All-rounder makenzie miller to drive energy d1w campaign in 2018
Australia certainly wasn’t part of MaKenzie Miller’s plan when she graduated from La Crosse University. In fact, in her senior year she told Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Student-Athlete Spotlight that after graduation she planned to move to Alaska, find a job, and be adventurous.
But when Energy’s BigV D1W coach Jeff White reached out to Miller with an offer to play in Australia, she couldn’t pass it up. Miller says that she is “extremely excited to have the opportunity to play in Australia,” adding that what she has seen of Melbourne, Traralgon and Gippsland online “looks amazing.”
Amazing too, is MaKenzie’s rap sheet – in her sophomore and junior years, she was named in the WIAC honourable mention team, and in her senior year she was selected to the All-WIAC team. She received the WIAC Judy-Kruckman Scholar Athlete award, and named the University Wisconsin La Crosse Female Athlete of the Year in 2016-2017.
MaKenzie’s statistical accolades comprise WIAC leading rebounder, second highest scorer, and third best free-throw shooter. MaKenzie reached double figures in 20 of 27 games, and in 8 games contributed over 20 points. Career stats: 114 blocks, 698 rebounds, and 1049 points.
Energy D1W coach Jeff White is looking forward to MaKenzie joining the team, “we are very excited to have MaKenzie coming to play with us.” On what MaKenzie could bring to the team, Jeff hopes that she will help pave the way for up and coming Gippsland basketballers to be their best. “So many young players will get an opportunity to play and compete in 2018, and we hope MaKenzie will provide leadership and guidance for them.”
Arrangements for MaKenzie Miller’s arrival in Australia are underway, and Energy Basketball hope to welcome her to the Club in time for round one of BigV 2018 which tips-off on 17th March.