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Elburt Miller: Men’s Basketball (1966-68)

Elburt Miller: Men's Basketball

Elburt Miller, one of the best to ever play for the Runnin' Rebels, speaks at his induction into the UNLV Athletics Hall of Fame. Launch slideshow »

Elburt Miller knew how to score. He could drive to the basket. He had also had a deadly jumper. He could beat you with the dribble, and he could find the open man as defenses collapsed on him.

Miller hit shots from anywhere on the court, and averaged more points per game (29.3) than any other player in UNLV history. He played just two seasons with UNLV, but ranks 12th on the all-time scoring list with 1,668 points.

Miller scored 35 points or more 17 times in his two-year career, and has the record for most points scored in a game, 55, against Portland. Of the top-15 individual scoring performances in UNLV history, six came from Miller.

In era without the three-pointer and shot clock, Miller could do it all. No matter how he went about getting his points, Miller always found a way to score.

Miller played for UNLV before the Rebels heyday, when the school was called Nevada Southern University and the Strip functioned without traffic lights or stop signs. Fans in Nevada packed the Las Vegas Convention Center to see Miller play, and he almost always gave them something to enjoy.

Miller went on to get drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the eighth round of the 1968 draft, but no records show he ever played a minute of professional ball. Since retiring, he has stayed out of the spotlight and kept his distance from the UNLV program.

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