LSU men’s basketball loses promising guard Adam Miller to season-ending injury

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One of the more highly anticipated players LSU men’s basketball fans were waiting to see this season will have his debut in a Tigers uniform pushed back a year.

Adam Miller, who transferred after a year at the University of Illinois, will miss the entire 2021-22 season after acknowledging Wednesday he suffered a leg injury. Both the Jordy Culotta Show and The Stadium confirmed the injury was a torn ACL.

Miller released the following on his Twitter account: “I was raised to get through every situation possible. I’m a soldier the game can’t be played without me for too long. I’ll be back.”

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Miller, a native of Peoria, Ill., was coming off a terrific summer with USA Basketball where he was expected to start opposite Xavier Pinson in this year’s backcourt.

“Miller is very talented scorer and shooter,” LSU coach Will Wade said earlier this week. “He’s developing being able to handle the ball and make decisions and make reads. He’s a good defender, tough and physical.”

Miller was part of Team USA’s U19 World Cup team that captured a gold medal this summer.

He began his career at Illinois where he started in all 31 of his team’s 31 games, averaging 8.3 points, the fifth-leading scorer among freshman in the Big 10 Conference. He also led the league’s rookies in made 3-pointers with 52.

Miller, a former four-star recruit and Mr. Illinois Basketball, reached double figures 13 times during his one season at Illinois, including twice in the NCAA Tournament for the Illini.

He set a school record for freshmen with 28 points in his collegiate debut against North Carolina A&T.

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