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Five-star decision: Rutgers new guard Kiyomi McMiller explains why she picked the Scarlet Knights

Over the weekend, Rutgers women’s basketball received one of the biggest commitments in program history from Kiyomi McMiller. The five-star guard from New Jersey is now the centerpiece of head coach Coquese Washington’s rebuilding of the program.

A 5-foot-9 guard from Life Center Academy (Burlington, New Jersey), McMiller is ranked the No. 22 player in the nation by ESPN. She had a predictably strong offer list that included Arizona State, Baylor, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan and Ole Miss among many others.

McMiller, in committing to Rutgers, sent a massive message to her fellow recruits in the class of 2024, which is deep and talented in New Jersey. She tells Rutgers Wire that she believes in the direction of Washington’s rebuilding of the Scarlet Knights.

When asked about her decision to commit, McMiller said that Washington had a pitch where “her vision for me aligned my vision for myself.”

“I think me and coach’s relationship is pretty good,” McMiller told Rutgers Wire this week.

“Because me and coach can just sit on the phone and just talk about basketball and I think she is just an easy person to talk to anyway.”

McMiller has certainly lived up to the five-star hype this season. Through the first 11 games of this season, the standout guard is averaging 29.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

Rutgers offered McMiller the chance to play at a high level in the Big Ten. The dynamic guard, who is a complete prospect, believes that Rutgers is in an ideal spot to develop her skill set.

“I picked Rutgers because of the conference. I will be able to play competition every night,” McMiller said.

“I also really liked the team and thought I just connected with the whole team very well. And I also really liked all the coaches and the vision they had for the team and me.”

Rutgers basketball got a big win on Tuesday night over Indiana.
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