Mark Miller (basketball)
Mark Miller ( born September 15, 1975 in Chicago, Illinois ) is an American professional basketball coach and former player. As a player, Miller was operating successfully in Europe and won the 2001 award for " Most Valuable Player " ( MVP ) of the highest German league basketball league. Since 2010 he has served as assistant coach for the high school team of Private Robert Morris University (Illinois ) in his hometown.
Miller studied in his hometown at the University of Illinois at Chicago and played three seasons from 1995 to 1998 for the high school team Flames in the Horizon League NCAA Division I. Although he completed only three seasons for this team, he still belongs to the " All -Time Leaders " in this team in several statistical categories such as points and ball gains achieved. The since 1981 in the Division I and since 1994 in the MWCC or Horizon League playing Flames won with Miller in 1998 for the first time the championship of their Conference, and thus could also be the first time to qualify for the national finals, where they in the first round against the 49ers the University of North Carolina at Charlotte subject. Miller was taken his university for his sporting achievements already five years later in 2003 in the " Athletics Hall of Fame" ( German Athlete Hall of Fame ).
However, Miller's sporting success in the Flames were not sufficient as a recommendation for a commitment to the highest professional league NBA doped, so he left his homeland and became a professional in Europe. In the 1998/99 season he was active first in the Croatian club KK Split tradition. The greatest successes of this team, however, were already almost ten years back when you could dominate the European club basketball with three consecutive state championships from 1989 to 1991 before the collapse of Yugoslavia. In the meantime, you could not even on home ground against KK Cibona Zagreb longer claim that celebrated with the Croatian Croatian Double 1999 its eighth championship in a row. In the season 1999/2000 Miller moved to the Turkish Istanbul, playing for Fenerbahçe in the Türkiye Ligi Basketbol. Miller graduated for the club next six European games only six championship games, after three successes prelude followed by three defeats and he was replaced by his end of October almost 20 cm smaller compatriot Keith Jennings.
Despite the prematurely ended commitment in Turkey took the Telekom Baskets Bonn from Miller for the 2000 /01 BBL season under contract. In the German top flight Miller flourished and achieved an average of almost 18 points and five assists per game. In the Saporta Cup he reached with the team on European terrain the quarter-finals, while he moved with the Bonners at the national level after a third place in the main round in the play-off final series of the German championship, where you can against the series champion Alba Berlin but remained without a win in three games. Miller was chosen in a fan vote for MVP of the just ended season of BBL. For the following season 2001 /02 he moved to the French LNB to Basket Racing in Paris, which he in the group stage of the Saporta Cup previously defeated with Bonn and had prevented from progressing. However, the French champion of 1997 had its best days behind it and missed this season the play-offs for the national championship.
For the 2002/ 03 season Miller signed a contract in the first Greek League A1 Ethniki at the Olympics from Larisa. The season, however, should end for the Thessalians disastrous than Table, Miller himself was released again after only four games. In March 2003, Miller returned to the French league back to another club with a great name, which had its best days behind it. In Cercle Saint- Pierre of Limoges, as KK Split former title winner at national champion competition, Miller graduated eleven season games and was able to just stop with the club on the third last place just to crash again in the second division. It was not until early 2004, Miller had a new commitment to the Polish vice-champion Trefl Sopot. With the Baltic urbanites 2004 he won the national championship for the first time, which should mark the beginning of a series of championship success for this club. In the ULEB Euro League 2004 /05 Miller then played with the Polish club for the first time at the highest European club level. Somewhat surprisingly overcame the Polish newcomer the first group stage, leaving his group in traditional teams like Olympiakos Piraeus, CB Estudiantes and KK Partizan Belgrade behind. In the second group stage of Europe's sixteen best teams but we had no chance and cashed six defeats in six games. Because of progressive and recurrent injury problems among other things at the knees Miller took place after the defense of the Polish Championship in 2005 no new commitment.
2010 Miller was presented as an assistant coach at the private Robert Morris University in his hometown. The high school team Eagles heard in the less significant NAIA college league 's leading teams in basketball and has 2004 to 2011 always reached at least the quarter-finals and five of them the Final Four tournament.