USC Upstate senior guard Fred Miller has been selected as the Atlantic Sun Player of the Week for his performance Saturday against No. 19 Maryland, the conference office announced Monday.
Miller scored a game-high 13 points to go along with five rebounds, five assists and two steals against the 19th-ranked Terrapins. Miller enters the week ranked fifth in the conference in scoring (13.3 ppg) and third in both assists (3.9 apg) and steals (1.9 spg). In addition, the Atlanta, Ga., native is third in the league with a .459 three-point field goal percentage.
Miller gave Upstate its largest lead of the second half when he drove the length of the floor and knifed through two Maryland defends to put the Spartans ahead 33-26 with 17:49 remaining. He would later pull Upstate within four with just under two minutes remaining with a deep three-pointer from the right wing.
In the first half, Miller capped an 8-0 Upstate run with a jumper in the lane to help the Spartans build a 21-14 lead while limiting Maryland to just 14 points in the opening 13 minutes. Upstate would go on to hold Maryland to 25.7 percent (9-for-35) from the field and 11.8 percent (2-for-17) from three-point range on its way to holding a 28-24 lead at halftime.
“It’s a great honor to be named A-Sun Player of the Week for the first time in my career,” Miller said. “These types of awards are never possible without the help of my teammates. So while it’s nice to be recognized for an individual award, I think this is an award that can be celebrated by everyone on the team.”
Miller becomes the fifth Spartans to earn A-Sun Player of the Week honors, joining Torrey Craig (4), Ricardo Glenn (4), Ty Greene (2) and Luke Payne (1). The Spartans have also featured the A-Sun Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks, as Greene earned the distinction last week after leading Upstate to a win at Georgia Tech.
Miller and Upstate continue a four-game road trip Wednesday at 8 p.m. when the Spartans travel to Memphis, Tenn., to face Memphis from the FedEx Forum.