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Andre Miller makes big donation to Utah

April 12, 2006 at 12:50 AM

SALT LAKE CITY, April 11 (UPI) -- Utah Jazz guard Andre Miller has made a $500,000 donation to the University of Utah, his alma mater.

The school said on its Web site that $200,000 will be used for the renovation of the team room of the Utes' basketball squad and $300,000 is earmarked for an Endowed Scholarship in his name.

"I am very fortunate to be in a position where I can give back and help others," Miller said. "The University of Utah opened a lot of doors for me (and) I consider Utah to be the best university in the country. I hope other former Ute athletes will follow in my footsteps."

Miller averaged 12.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists per contest at Utah from 1995-99. The Utes were 114-20 overall.

He was a two-time all-american and the eighth overall pick by Cleveland in the 1999 NBA Draft.

2005 No. 1 pick Andrew Bogut already has donated $125,000.

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