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Illinois guard Adam Miller, right, shown during an NCAA tournament game against Loyola (Chicago) guard Tate Hall on March 21, is one of three transfer players LSU coach Will Wade signed for this season.

LSU men's basketball coach Will Wade last week lamented the usual bumps and bruises that come in preseason practice, but was pleased to report no major injuries for his team.

That changed Tuesday when sophomore shooting guard Adam Miller, a transfer from Illinois, tore his right ACL and will be sidelined for the 2021-22 season.

Miller announced Wednesday on Instagram Live that he suffered the leg injury and later took to Twitter to say he would work his way back to the court.

“I was raised to get through every situation possible,” Miller said in the tweet. “I’m a soldier … the game can’t be played with out me for too long I’ll be back.”

The Jordy Culotta Show first reported that Miller had suffered an ACL injury.

The 6-foot-3 Miller was expected to play a significant role for LSU this season after he averaged 8.3 points, which was fifth on the Illinois team, and 2.8 rebounds as a freshman last season.

Miller was one of three high-profile transfers Wade signed this spring along with Missouri guard Xavier Pinson and Cincinnati forward Tari Eason.

Miller was vying for playing time with Pinson, returning sophomore Eric Gaines and freshmen Brandon Murray and Justice Williams when he was injured.

A source told The Advocate that Miller was on offense when he executed a jump-stop and went up for a shot. When he came back down, the knee buckled and Miller heard and felt a pop.

Miller, who picked LSU over Kentucky and Michigan, was being counted on along with Pinson to offset the loss of guards Cam Thomas and Javonte Smart after they applied for the NBA draft.

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A four-star recruit in the 2020 class, Miller was ranked as the No. 33 prospect on the 247Sports composite listing after a stellar career at Morgan Park High in Peoria, Illinois.

He was ranked sixth nationally among shooting guards and was the No. 2 prospect in the state behind five-star combo guard DJ Steward, who signed with Duke.

Still, Miller beat out Steward for the 2020 Illinois Mr. Basketball award and twice was named the Illinois Gatorade player of the year.

Miller started all 31 games in his lone season at Illinois, which won the Big Ten tournament title and was a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

The Illini, however, fell in the second round to Loyola of Chicago 71-58.

He was fifth among Big Ten freshmen in scoring and topped the league’s freshman with 52 made 3-point field goals.

Miller scored in double figures 13 times, including three of five postseason games. In what turned out to be his final game with Illinois, he scored 10 points in going 4 of 6 from the field against Loyola.

While he shot just 39.1% on all field goals and 34.0% from beyond the 3-point arc, making 52 of 153 tries, Miller was effective on his two-point attempts at 49.4%.

In July, Miller helped the USA win the gold medal in the FIBA U19 World Cup in Riga, Latvia.

He scored 12 points in the gold-medal game — all in the first half — to help beat France and averaged 7.4 points, 3.6 assists and 3.3 rebounds for the tournament.

Email Sheldon Mickles at smickles@theadvocate.com