Dequon Miller signs pro deal in Vienna

VIENNA, Austria — Former Missouri State men’s basketball standout Dequon Miller (Charleston, W.Va.) has inked a two-year professional contract with the BC Hallmann Vienna club of the Austrian Professional League here Friday.

Terms of the agreement were confirmed by Miller and his agent Brad Winton in advance of the team’s formal announcement. The international basketball website also confirmed Miller’s listing on the Vienna roster.

The Missouri Valley Conference’s Newcomer of the Year in 2016, Miller will play in the top league in Austria for veteran coach Zeljko Lukajic and join a club that was 19-16 with a fourth-place finish last season. He is one of two American players currently on the Vienna roster, including TCU’s Andre Pierce who is also represented by Winton.

“It’s truly a blessing for me to go overseas and make a living playing basketball to support my family,” Miller said. “Hopefully this is a great starting point for a long professional career in the game I love.”

Miller was a five-time MVC Newcomer of the Week during his first season in Springfield in 2015-16. In addition to being named as The Valley’s top rookie, Miller earned All-MVC honorable mention honors as a junior after averaging 12.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 32 appearances. His senior year, Miller played in 33 games and led the Bears in minutes (1174) — the fifth-highest total in program history — 3-pointers (55), assists (124) and steals (36). He finished his two-year career ranked 39th all-time in career scoring (825), 10th in 3-pointers (110) and fifth in minutes per game (35.1).

“I want to thank all the Missouri State fans for all their love and support during my time there,” said Miller. “I want them to know how proud I was to put on the Bears jersey for two seasons.”

Vienna’s season will begin in late September and continue through April.