"I chose Miami because of Coach Coles," said Miller. "He is very respectful and a likable person. When he talked the first time I just really liked it." Miller also said he feels he can make an immediate impact at Miami after his transfer year.
Miller left Nebraska to be closer to his family. He now has two baby daughters that he loves (Au'Maia – 1 year old, Laona – 5 months) and wants to be near them. Thus, he moved to a school closer to his hometown of Charleston, West Virginia. Miller said, "My daughters were the big reason I left Nebraska. My daughters are the best thing that has ever happened to me. They erase all negative feelings."
Miller loved Nebraska and wished he could have stayed there. Miller added, "I will never forget the fans there. Real home feeling at basketball games. I am sorry I had to go, but I am ready to go to Miami and get to the tourney."
Miller plans on taking Miami to the NCAA tourney in each of his two years he will be eligible for the RedHawks. "Getting to the NCAA tournament is something I haven't done yet. With the guys Miami has, we have the ability to do that."
Even before he went to Nebraska, Miller was familiar with the RedHawk basketball program. Miller knows Adam Fletcher very well. They come from the same area in West Virginia and played on the same summer AAU team. In 2005, Miller won the West Virginia Mr. Basketball award over runner-up Fletcher.
Fletcher is not the only connection to Miami Miller is familiar with. Miller said, "I know Wally Sczerbiak, Ron Harper, and (former Miami football star and Miller's principal at Cincinnati's Harmony Prep) Deland McCullough. I also went up to Oxford once and watched a game there while in prep school."
Miller was impressed on his visit Miami. "It was a lovely college atmosphere and the surroundings and campus was nice." Miller also liked the people he met. "People gave out very home feelings. The people were so friendly." Miller knew Kenny Hayes from his time at Harmony and they reconnected on his visit. "We bonded during that weekend. I feel like I have been there my whole career. We played video games and hung out."
Miller said Miami fans can expect he will give 110% each time he hits the floor. "You will always get the best from Cookie Miller."
Miller's game is comparable to former Xavier star Drew Lavender, who coincidently is also a 5'7"ish and quick jitterbug type point guard who happened to transfer into the area from another B12 school (Oklahoma). Miller added, "I love to get up and down the court."
Miller hopes to someday play in the NBA. Miller said, "Who doesn't? I know you have got to be real special to make it to the NBA."
As for now, he is majoring in communications, but may change to history.
When not in school, the basketball court, or spending time with his children, Cookie likes to play video games, watch movies, and hang out with friends. He describes himself as a "calm, cool, and collected type dude."
Miller essentially started his freshman and sophomore years for Nebraska. During his frosh season with the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Miller averaged 26.6 minutes a game. He twice led the team in scoring. He led Nebraska in assists in 17 games and steals 11 times. His per game averages were 6.1 points, 2.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.93. Miller shot 47.3% from inside the arc and 67.8% from the line.
Miller posted the second-highest assist total in history for a Nebraska freshman (109) and was 6th overall in the B12 (5th in league games). He was 4th in the conference in steals (1st among frosh). The total number of steals (58) is 2nd most in school history for a freshman.
This past season as a sophomore Cookie averaged 7.3 points per game. He again had 109 assists to go with 45 steals. Starting in 22 games, he averaged 28.5 minutes (2nd most on the team). He shot 42.6% percent from the field, 39% from behind the arc, and 81.7% from the line. For the second straight season, Miller finished among the Big 12 leaders for assists per game (8th, 3.63 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (8th, 1.85). Miller's 103 steals in two seasons is the 2nd highest two year total in school history.
Once Miller becomes eligible during the 2010-11 season, he will essentially be a 6th year junior having played two years of prep school, two years at Nebraska, and then sitting out the 2009-10 transfer year. He will help replace Miami point guard and MAC Player of the Year candidate Kenny Hayes who will be graduating at the end of the 2009-10 season.
Miller joins once of the most heralded recruiting classes in Miami history. The class included Tennessee Mr. Basketball Drew Kelly, Ohio Mr. Basketball runner-up Orlando Williams (top senior vote getter), Drew McGhee, and Allen Roberts. Miller and Kelly are the first tandem of Mr. Basketballs in one Miami recruiting class since the 1995 class of Damon Frierson (Indiana Mr. Basketball) and Rob Mestas (Minnesota Mr. Basketball) joined Wally, Ira Newble, and Anthony Taylor.