Two great Diamonds meet in Rutgers/Maryland first Big Ten matchup


Maryland sophomore Diamond Miller was a two-time New Jersey state champion and is now the all-time leading scorer at Franklin High School, a short drive away from where two-time Pennsylvania Gatorade Player of the Year Diamond Johnson has begun her college career as a freshman at Rutgers.

Both have an illuminating impact on their programs as they meet for the first time on Monday afternoon.

Miller was named to the Big Ten Player of the Week honor roll after an explosive opening week. She is coming off a career-high 28 points against Towson and is averaging 17 points and seven rebounds through Maryland’s first four games.

The 6’1 guard is a matchup challenge because of her length, quickness, and feel at both ends. According to Synergy Sports, Miller has been doing most of her damage in transition, where she’s scoring an absurd 1.5 points per possession and shoots 82 percent from the field.

Diamond Johnson has also been living up to her first name this season.

Johnson was named as one of 20 watchlist candidates for the Nancy Lieberman Award this season which is given to the nation’s top point guard.

Without having seen much more than around 20 minutes in-game yet for Rutgers, Diamond has scored 15 and 17 points off the bench in their first two games, respectively. She’s averaging 16 points along with six rebounds for the Scarlet Knights.

According to Synergy Sports, Johnson is averaging 1.1 points per possession overall and 2.1 points per possession in transition.


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