Sunday, March 09, 2014 7:55 AM
Published on: Thursday, March 28, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
Only a sophomore, former Gaithersburg High standout Malcolm Miller is making an impact at the College of the Holy Cross. The 6-foot-6 forward emerged as one of the Crusaders top perimeter players this season.
Miller averaged 6.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, two assists and one block through Holy Cross’s first 18 games. In the Crusaders’ victory over American, Miller finished with a career-high 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals. Against Navy, he registered his first career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds.
Miller also recorded 13 points, four rebounds and two steals against in-state rival Boston College and had double figure outings versus New Hampshire and Texas-San Antonio, finishing with 10 points in both games.
“When I talk to the coaches up there,” said Gaithersburg head coach Kevin Parrish, “they’re real happy with the way he’s playing.”
The Holy Cross roster also includes former Georgetown Prep standout Taylor Abt who competed alongside Miller on the Mid-Atlantic Select AAU program in high school.
When Milan Brown was named head coach at Holy Cross in 2010, he brought his coaching staff over from Mount. St. Mary’s including assistant Dan Engelstad, a former standout at Whitman.
Engelstad has helped the Crusaders recruit various D.C. area players including local products Justin Burrell and Cullen Hamilton.
A pair of Prince George’s County natives will join the Holy Cross basketball program next season including Eleanor Roosevelt small forward Malachi Alexander and Bullis point guard Anthony Thompson.
“Anthony will allow us to continue to push the ball up the floor because of his speed,” said Brown. “His heart is as big as his chest and you need that if you are going to be a good point guard.”