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Adam Miller’s 28-point efficiency in Illinois’ 122-60 win in opposition to North Carolina A&T put the Illini freshman in some slightly spectacular firm. These 28 factors set a brand new program document for extra factors by a freshman in a debut. Brandon Paul held the previous document at 22 factors. Deon Thomas held it earlier than him at 21.
“You guys noticed what he’s able to doing,” Illinois junior guard Ayo Dosunmu stated of Miller. “He’s a sniper, however the one factor I really like about Adam is he’s not only a shooter. He has recreation. He has a full arsenal. His finest attribute is taking pictures the ball. Groups can’t double. Groups can’t assist too exhausting as a result of he shoots the ball so nicely. He confirmed it. He performs above his age. Each day he’s within the morning with me grinding and dealing, and it paid off (Wednesday).”
This is the place Miller’s efficiency fell amongst another Illini freshman data:
— Miller’s 28 factors merely tied him for tenth with Thomas in single-game scoring. Illinois’ all-time main profession scorer has two of the highest single-game freshman scoring efforts. Giorgi Bezhanishivili, after all, holds the document together with his 35-point recreation in opposition to Rutgers on Feb. 5, 2019.
— Miller shot 83.3 % from the sector total Wednesday, which is nice for fifth amongst all Illinois freshmen. Kofi Cockburn leads the best way at one hundred pc, making all eight of his photographs in opposition to Miami final December. When it comes to double-digit shot makes an attempt, Thomas once more has one of the best mark at 90 %.
— Six three-pointers from Miller left him one shy of tying the document of seven.. Trent Frazier (twice), Demetri McCamey and Cory Bradford share it.
— Miller made 6 of 8 three-pointers in opposition to North Carolina A&T, and that 75 % taking pictures from past the arc is nice for a tie for seventh with Jamar Smith. McCamey is the document holder, having gone 6 of 6 from deep in opposition to Purdue in March 2008.