Miller is that special, the total package, Tierney said. The left-handed swingman could play attack, midfield and take a few faceoffs in his freshman year.
Miller is the latest product of the pipeline of future Division I stars developed at Brodie Merrill’s Hill Academy in Ontario, Canada. Merrill called Miller a complete player and a unique recruit. He played attack his freshman year, then was a two-way midfielder before returning to attack for his senior season. The Hill went 18-4 this season, with victories over power programs like Calvert Hall (Md.), Gonzaga (D.C.) and Landon (Md.).
“He was kind of something that we never had before,” Merrill said, “an X attackman who could control the play and really attack defensemen. He would either score unassisted goals, or draw a lot of attention and pick you apart with his feeding ability.”
Originally from Allegheny, N.Y., just outside Buffalo, Miller played for the 2012 Iroquois Nationals under-19 team. Credit Denver assistant Matt Brown for spotting and landing Miller.
Denver needs to replace the production of departed attackman Eric Law and midfielder Cam Flint, and could use help on faceoffs after stalwart Chase Carraro graduated.
Miller can help everywhere.
“He does everything,” Tierney said. “He can face off, he can play midfield, he can feed, he can finish on the inside, he can play attack, he can play behind, he can shoot. This kid has it all.”