DENVER, Colo. — Heading into the 2018-19 season, the Denver Pioneers had some holes to fill on their roster from the season prior.
Due to graduation, the Pioneers lost big man Daniel Amigo and guard Jake Pemberton, both of whom were key contributors in 2017-18. Pemberton was third on the team with 11.1 points per game, while Amigo led the Pioneers in rebounding (6.7 rpg) while finishing second in scoring (15.3 ppg).
This off-season, Denver has looked to the transfer market to add some experience and talent to their roster for the upcoming season. The addition of 6’7” forward Ronnie Harrell, Jr., a graduate transfer from the Creighton Bluejays, will undoubtedly boost the talent up front and on the wing for head coach Rodney Billups and company.
Even with the addition of Harrell Jr. to the mix, the Pioneers still had some holes to fill.
On Tuesday, the Pioneers added another big piece to the puzzle for the 2018-19 season by way of another graduate transfer with power conference experience. Forward Tory Miller-Stewart committed to the Pioneers, staying in the state of Denver after transferring from the Colorado Buffaloes.
Miller-Stewart was with the Buffaloes for four seasons, but the senior was dealt a blow this past year that derailed a potential career season. The 6’9” forward from Kansas City, KS played in just six games during the 2017-18 season before suffering a broken foot that ended his season.
Through six games to start the 2017-18 season, Miller-Stewart averaged 6.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, both of which were career-high marks at the time. He shot 66.7% (12-of-18) from the field, helping guide the Buffaloes to a perfect 6-o start to the year.
He posted a pair of 11-point performances during his time on the court. He opened the season with 11 points and five rebounds in Colorado’s 66-51 win over the Northern Colorado Bears, and added 11 points in the semi-finals of the Paradise Jam against the Drake Bulldogs.
In Miller-Stewart, the Pioneers are getting a big man that is known for his rebounding and his ability to finish around the rim. At 6’9” and 246 pounds, Miller-Stewart is a big body that is tough to move away from the basket, and he will add size and depth to the front court rotation for Denver.
The Pioneers are coming off the 2017-18 season in which they finished with a record of 15-15 overall, and 8-6 in the Summit League.
– T. Bennett