New Utah State men’s basketball coach Ryan Odom speaks during a press conference Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at the Wayne Estes Center in Logan. | Jeff Hunter

While Brock Miller certainly looked like he could immediately suit up and go play 38 minutes following the press conference Wednesday morning that introduced new Utah State head men’s basketball coach Ryan Odom, the shooting guard declared, “You know, this is making me feel old.”

But while Miller is heading into his senior year, he is not heading into his senior years. It’s just that the former Brighton High star has been through all of this before.

“This is my fourth coach at Utah State,” Miller pointed out. “I was Stew’s last commit. And so, it was Stew and then Duryea, Smith and now Odom.”

After 17 seasons at USU, Stew Morrill retired in 2015, just as Miller was finishing up his high school career and getting ready to leave on a two-year mission for The Church of the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Morrill’s longtime assistant Tim Duryea took over the program while Miller was in Argentina, and Miller suited up for Duryea for an injury-shortened season in 2017-18.

Duryea was fired in March 2018 and was replaced by Craig Smith, who enjoyed great success during his three years with the Aggies before being hired away by the University of Utah on March 27.

Having been through the process before, Miller tried to help his younger teammates navigate a difficult situation.

“It is kind of a crazy thing when you go through it the very first time,” Miller said of a coaching change. “There’s a lot of nerves, and change is tough because it happens so quick after an emotional season. So, it’s definitely not easy, but I was able to talk to some of the other guys …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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