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Jamelle McMillan
Position: Coordinator of Basketball Operations
Hometown: Seattle, Wash.
Alma Mater: Arizona State
Graduating Year: 2011
Email: nathanial.mcmillan@drake.edu

Jamelle McMillan is in his first year as Director of Basketball Operations at Drake after a standout playing career at Arizona State. A former team captain for the Sun Devils, McMillan finished his career having played in 122 games and tied a school record by winning 80 of those contests over his four-year career.

"I have known Jamelle since his grade-school years when he attended basketball camp at North Carolina State," said head coach Mark Phelps. "Jamelle is a man of character and excellence who is the beneficiary of life-long exposure to the game at the highest level. He is a young star in our profession who has consistently demonstrated and modeled high achievement in every part of his life, including basketball. These attributes and experience, along with a great work ethic, passion for the game and for people, and advanced maturity make him a terrific addition to our staff."

McMillan's 122 games tie for sixth-most by an Arizona State player. He was part of a trio of 2010-11 seniors, along with Rihards Kuksiks and Ty Abbott, who were first in Sun Devils history to record 80 wins over the course of their careers. McMillan started 78 games at ASU and played a crucial role as the team's floor leader in each of his four seasons. His importance to the team was reflected in its 74-48 (.607) record with him in uniform and 6-5 (.545) ledger without him, as he recorded an impressive 321-153 assist-to-turnover ratio (2.10).

"I feel very fortunate and blessed to have the opportunity to accept such a great position at Drake University," McMillan said. "With the quality of the people and their dedication, as well as the support staff I've met, Drake seems like the best fit for me. It's a place where I feel I can get a successful jump-start on my career. I'm excited to get started and looking forward to a great season ahead."

A full-time starter over his final two seasons (2009-10, '10-'11), McMillan led the Pac-10 in assist-to-turnover ratio as a senior and finished 14th nationally at 2.68 (110 assists and 41 turnovers). He finished his career ranked 10th in ASU annals for three-point shooting percentage at 37.3%.

The captain and team leader played much of his senior season with a nagging groin injury that caused him to miss three games, yet he averaged 11.0 points in the final 11 games and was 23-of-50 (.460) from three-point range. McMillan posted three of the top scoring games of his career in the final 11 contests with a career-high 17 at Stanford (2/5/11), 14 at California (2/3) and 13 vs. UCLA (1/29).

McMillan had six steals vs. Long Beach on Dec. 21, 2011, most by a Sun Devil since James Harden had seven vs. USC on March 13, 2008, in the Pac-10 Tournament. McMillan led the team in scoring twice in 2010-11 and four times in his career, and shared the lead or led ASU in assists 17 times in 2010-11, 33 times in career.

The son of Portland Trail Blazers head coach and former NBA player Nate McMillan, Jamelle in the summer of 2008 spent 16 days in China for the Olympics with Team USA, for whom his father was an assistant coach.

McMillan was one of the top point-guard recruits on the west coast his senior year (2006-07) at O'Dea High School in Seattle, Wash., after leading his team to three state titles (2004, '05 and '07). In his four years he gained a reputation as a great lockdown defender and a terrific distributor.

Rivals.com gave McMillan its best defender award entering his freshman year, in its "Best of the Pac-10" with regards to recruiting classes. He also was ranked as the top point guard on the west coast by Rivals and the No. 99 player overall by Scout.com after a senior season that saw him named Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Washington.

Jamelle McMillan was born Dec. 30, 1988 in Seattle. He received his bachelor's degree in communication from Arizona State in May 2011.