Cedar Creek’s Kristine Miller, right, drives next to Gloucester City’s Madison McClintock, during the South Jersey Group I final on Tuesday in Egg Harbor City.

Cedar Creek High School senior Kristine Miller has verbally committed to play NCAA Division I basketball at Fairfield University in Connecticut.

Miller, The Press 2011-12 Girls Basketball Player of the year, will receive a full athletic scholarship. As a junior, Miller led the Pirates to a State Group I championship in the program's second season.

"Something about it, I just got that feeling," Miller said Friday in a phone interview. "I felt really comfortable. I fit in."

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A 6-foot forward, Miller averaged 18.0 points per game and was one of the Cape-Atlantic League's best players underneath the basket.

But it was in the postseason that Miller really shined. She averaged 23.3 points and 9.3 rebounds during a historic playoff run that resulted in the Pirates becoming the first CAL girls basketball team to win a state title since Absegami won Group IV titles in 2005 and 2006.

Fairfield, led by five-year coach Joe Frager, went 24-9 last winter. The Stags finished second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and earned a spot in the Women's National Invitation Tournament.

When it came time to making a selection, narrowing down the list of interested schools proved to be the toughest part for Miller. She also considered Drexel University, Fordham University, Lafayette College, Loyola University and Rider University.

Eventually, Miller narrowed it down to Drexel and Fairfield. In the end, Fairfield was the school that gave her "that feeling."

"This is where I'm supposed to be," Miller said. "I'm supposed to be a Stag."


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