After a sluggish start to their second half highlighted by a decisive loss to Saint Mary’s in the first round of the Shoveller, UQAM Citadins bounced back to capture the consolation title with equally-decisive wins over St. FX and Acadia. First-season coach Nate Philippe continues to tinker with his roster as has been the case for virtually all new coaches assuming the reigns, blending several key returnees with RSEQ Player-of-the-Year candidate Kewyn Blain (transfer from Carleton) among others.
Now as the second half kicks off, it appears that Philippe has added definitive 3 point shooting threat to play off of his slick, high IQ pg Blain with the arrival of 5’11” Charles Miller. Miller came off the bench for all 3 games at the Shoveller, going a combined 14 for 27 from downtown and averaging about 18 ppg while shooting 48% overall from the floor. Citadins as a team shot just 28% from beyond the arc in the first half of the season (2nd worst in the “Q”) so Miller’s arrival will quickly force opponents to re-think how to defend the improving UQAM club.
Miller, originally from Montreal, finished high school at College Bourget in 2011-12 and then spent one season in CEGEP at John Abbott (’12-’13). After playing the following season at SPIRE Academy, a prep school in Ohio, Miller secured a spot with Upper Iowa Peacocks, an NCAA Division 2 school playing in the Northern Sun conference where he appeared in 5 games last season. While he appears on the Peacocks 2015-16 roster, the diminutive guard did not see any action this season and has transferred home, potentially a significant addition to the RSEQ and UQAM.
One other potential roster change for the Citadins is that impact 6’10” center Rudolph Joly, who leads the “Q” in blocked shots with 4 swats per game and averaged 13.7 ppg and 6.3 rpg in the first half, did not appear in the UQAM line-up in Halifax and his status for the second half is unknown. Joly already was a difference maker at both ends in the 3 games he played given his size, strength and mobility inside.