ALBANY, N.Y. — What an off-season it’s been for the Albany Great Danes.
The Great Danes have lost a ton of talent and production from their 2017-18 team this off-season, whether it be to graduation of players transferring out of the program. Their top four scorers are all gone, a group that includes three players that averaged at least 14.6 points per game.
Guards Joe Cremo and David Nichols both transferred from the program at the end of the year. Cremo joined the reigning champion Villanova Wildcats, while Nichols is taking his talents to the ACC after committing to the Florida State Seminoles. Add in the graduation of both Travis Charles and Greig Stire, and the roster is thin for the Great Danes.
Coach Will Brown and his staff have added transfers this off-season to help shoulder the load on both ends of the court. Freshman Phillip Flory transferred from the Seton Hall Pirates, and will be immediately eligible this season. On Tuesday, they added another player that brings a wealth of experience with him to the program.
Graduate transfer Rayshawn Miller committed to the Great Danes after three seasons in the Atlantic 10 with the Massachusetts Minutemen.
After two seasons as a reserve with the Minutemen, Miller saw a healthy influx of minutes in 2017-18 as a junior. After averaging just 4.0 minutes per game as a sophomore, Miller averaged over 24 minutes per game this past season, and he saw a significant increase in production across the board.
The 6’1” guard from Boston averaged 5.0 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game over the course of the year, all of which were career-best marks. He also shot 36.1% from the floor (61-of-169) and 31.3% (31-of-99) from three point range.
In his first two seasons with the Minutemen, Miller recorded a combined five points and played a total of 23 minutes. In just his third game of the 2017-18 season, he topped both of those numbers.
Against the Niagara Purple Eagles on November 19th, Miller went for 14 points, which was a career-high at the time, in 25 minutes of action. He added three assists and two rebounds in the 101-76 win for the Minutemen.
Miller would record six games with double-digit points on the season. He set a new career-high with 16 points against the Duquesne Dukes in February.
While his numbers from this past season won’t blow you away, the experience that he will bring to the Great Danes is something that won’t show up on any box score. The senior will be looked upon to be a leader on a younger, slightly inexperienced Albany team as they look to make it back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015.
– T. Bennett