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May 10, 2024

Miller Named 2024 Scholar-Athlete of the Year

CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson student-athlete Tessa Miller was named the recipient of the 2024 DI-AAA ADA Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Thursday morning.

Student-athletes from all 98 Division I-AAA ADA member institutions are eligible for these prestigious academic awards. Nominees for the award are required to have a minimum of a 3.20 GPA on a 4.00 scale in their undergraduate studies and are required to either be a starter or an important reserve on their teams. Nominees are also required to have played in at least 50 percent of their team’s games throughout the season.

Miller, a 6’2” post player from Crossville, Tennessee, earned a 3.98 GPA while majoring in legal studies and minoring in business administration and corporate communication at Belmont. Miller has previously received All-Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete recognition on two different occasions. She has also been named to the CSC Academic All-District team and has been a recipient of the State Farm MVC Good Neighbor Award.

Last season as a starter for the Bruins, Miller played in all 35 of Belmont’s games and averaged 14.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game en route to earning All-MVC honors. In Belmont’s seven games against power-five competition last season – including games against Georgia, Mississippi State, Ohio State, Penn State, and Stanford – Miller averaged 14.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game while shooting 60% from the floor. Miller scored at least 12 points in all seven of those contests.

Division I-AAA ADA institutions are those that don’t sponsor football and have basketball as their flagship programs.

Miller is one of seven transfers that head coach Shawn Poppie has signed to play for the Tigers next season. Clemson has also added Summah Evans, Hannah Kohn, Loyal McQueen, Anya Poole, Addie Porter, and Raven Thompson.

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