Ryan Miller, Jalen Courtney-Williams hired as men’s basketball assistant coaches
OMAHA, Born. – Ryan miller and Jalen Courtney-Williams were named assistant coaches of the Creighton men’s basketball program, head coach Greg McDermott announced today.
Miller and Courtney-Williams fill the recently opened vacancies on The Hilltop when Terrence Rencher and Paul Lusk took on jobs at Oklahoma State and Purdue, respectively.
Creighton finished 22-9 overall and led BIG EAST with 14 league wins last season, advancing to the program’s first Sweet 16 since 1974.
Jalen Courtney-Williams joins Creighton’s squad after spending the last three seasons at McNeese as an assistant coach under Heath Schroyer. He had recently been promoted to associate head coach under new recruit John Aiken.
“Jalen is a rising star in the coaching profession,” McDermott said. “His passion and energy are contagious. He has proven during his time in Mississippi State and McNeese State that he is an effective recruiter and he is very good at helping young people develop in and out. off the playing field. His dynamic personality and tireless work ethic will make him a great addition to our staff. “
While with the Cowboys he coached some of the best big men in the Southland Conference and has been recognized as a top recruiter. Among his best players was Sha’Markus Kennedy, a 6-foot-8 forward who was also named the 2020 Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
Prior to his time at Lake Charles, Courtney-Williams spent three years on staff at Ben Howland in Mississippi, where he served as a graduate assistant and also the team’s video coordinator.
The Mississippi native played three seasons at LSU and spent two years at Morehead State, appearing in a total of 66 college games. He received his undergraduate degree from Morehead State in Communications in 2015.
Courtney-Williams signed with LSU after a successful prep career at Provine High School in Jackson, Mississippi. As a senior, he averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds en route to garnering accolades from all states and all subways, while also being named Mississippi High School Athletic Association Athlete of the Year. .
A McDonald’s All-American nominee, he led the Rams to two 5A State titles and two finalists in his prep career.
Ryan miller served the previous five seasons as an assistant coach (2016-18) and assistant head coach (2018-21) at TCU. The Horned Frogs have made the playoffs three times with Miller on staff, including a 2018 NCAA tournament trip that was the program’s first entry to the Big Dance in 20 seasons. The Frogs’ nine Big 12 wins this season remain a program record.
“I had the opportunity to train against Ryan when he was playing for Northern State,” McDermott said. “I’ve always admired his tenacity and his love for the game. He’s very skillful both tactically and developmentally and has an innovative approach to both offense and defense which is very impressive. On top of that, he is widely recognized as one of the top scouts in college basketball. We are delighted to add him to our coaching staff. “
In Miller’s first campaign at TCU, the Horned Frogs went from 12 wins to 24 wins and claimed the NIT title. TCU’s 24 wins tied for second place in program history.
Miller is considered one of the nation’s top scouts and helped lure future NBA first-round pick Desmond Bane to TCU. Prior to his time in Fort Worth, Miller was part of a UNLV staff who landed the nation’s No.11 and No.5 ranked recruiting classes in 2015 and 2014, respectively.
While at UNLV, Miller helped develop and coach Rashad Vaughn, who was drafted No.17 overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2015 NBA Draft. Vaughn was a McDonald’s All- winner. America 2014 and a five-star Consensus Rookie, who was ranked No.8 nationally upon graduating from Findlay College Prep. He went on to become the Mountain West Freshman of the Year at UNLV after averaging 17.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
In 2015, Miller, who was named fourth best scout outside the Power 5 at UNLV by ESPN’s Jeff Borzello and Adam Finkelstein, competed in the Rebels by securing engagements from two ESPN Top-100 signatories in five-star Stephen Zimmerman, who was ranked No. 12 in the nation by ESPN and Derrick Jones, a four-star rookie ranked in the nation’s top 50. Another notable student-athlete during Miller’s time in Las Vegas was Christian Wood, who currently plays for the Houston Rockets.
Prior to UNLV, Miller had also been an assistant coach in Auburn, New Mexico, Pepperdine and Memphis. Miller has coached four NCAA tournaments, won five regular season titles and a sidelines conference tournament title.
Prior to his stint at UNLV, the South Dakota native spent two years as an associate head coach at Auburn between 2012-14. Previously, Miller had recorded five seasons as an assistant coach in New Mexico under Steve Alford. During his tenure, the Lobos went 126-46 overall and made five straight playoff appearances, including a pair of NCAA tournament spots. New Mexico also won two regular season Mountain West Conference championships and a league tournament crown. Miller spent the 2006-07 season as an assistant coach at Pepperdine before joining the New Mexico staff.
He began his college coaching career as director of basketball operations at Memphis under John Calipari between 2004 and 2006. During his three years with the Tigers, Memphis compiled a 78-28 record and made three playoff tournament appearances, including two NCAA tournament appearances. In 2006, Miller helped guide the Tigers to Sweet 16.
A native of Mitchell, SD, Miller attended Northern State, where he was twice selected by the Northern Sun All-Conference. He finished his career eighth on Northern State’s all-time list after leading his teams to four consecutive conference championships and the regional title in 1998. He was named a Division II All-American member and Academic All-American member. -NSIC as a senior in 1997-98. Miller received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Northern State in 2000.
Miller was drafted by the ABC in 1999 and played professionally for the Fargo-Moorhead Beez of the International Basketball Association. He also witnessed the action for the IBA Dakota Gold where he was an assistant player / coach during the 2000-01 campaign.
Miller attended Mitchell High School where he was twice selected in All States and led the school to the 1994 State Championship. His brother, Mike, played 17 years in the NBA and was named a rookie. NBA of the Year in 2001 and the NBA’s sixth Man of the Year in 2006. He also won back-to-back NBA Championships with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013, respectively.
Miller and his wife, Marna, have two daughters, Melia and Halle. He will take up his role at Creighton on May 1, 2021.