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CWU Men pick up All-Region transfer

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ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- Shane Miller, an all-region guard from Treasure Valley Community College, has decided to continue his collegiate basketball career at Central Washington University. Head coach Greg Sparling made the announcement on Tuesday.

Miller played his freshman season at Treasure Valley in Ontario, Ore., this past winter. A 6-foot-4 guard and native of Moscow, Idaho, he averaged 20.3 points per game for the Chukars en route to first team all-East Region honors from the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC). In addition to his scoring, which ranked eighth in the 36-team NWAACC, he was also among the conference leaders in three-pointers and free throws.

"We are excited to add a quality student-athlete like Shane Miller to our program," Sparling said. "We like Shane's ability to shoot the three and to get to the free throw line," Sparling said. "He will also help us immensely on the defensive end, and we truly like his length and how hard he plays. An added bonus for us is the fact that he has three years remaining, which is something that will help us balance our classes out."

Miller starred during his prep career at Moscow High School -- the same school that produced current Wildcat guard Matt Penoncello. While playing for the Bears, Miller was the Inland Empire League Player of the Year as a senior in 2006-07 and was also chosen as the top prep player in Northern Idaho following his final high school season.

Miller is the second student-athlete from this year's recruiting class to join the Wildcat men's basketball program in 2008-09. He joins another junior college standout, forward Chris Sprinker, among Central Washington's newcomers for the upcoming campaign. Both Miller and Sprinker will have three years of basketball eligibility remaining. That duo joins a Central Washington squad that turned in its best season in eight years this past winter. The Wildcats finished with a 21-7 overall record, including a 15-3 mark and second place finish in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. CWU also qualified for the NCAA Division II tournament for the second time in the past three seasons, earning the number four seed.