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2023 NBA Draft: Alabama’s Brandon Miller prepared to show professional after a season stuffed with controversy – Basketball Insiders

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After a formidable season in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, younger Brandon Miller is about to enter the 2023 NBA Draft. The freshman star has informed ESPN this Thursday that his first yr with the Crimson Tide might be his final. 

Nonetheless, we are able to’t assist however point out that beside shining on faculty basketball courts, the participant has been concerned in lots of controversies coping with weapons, dying and subsequently, an excessive amount of public scrutiny.

The faculty participant of the yr led all freshmen in scoring, as he averaged 18.8 factors per recreation and guided the Crimson Tide by means of the SEC common season and championship title.

“God, my household, my followers and all of the coaches on the College of Alabama,” Miller answered when requested who he was grateful presently in his life.

Regardless of all of the success on courtroom, it hasn’t been a straightforward yr for the younger star. Simply this previous January, he was linked with the dying of 23-year-old Jamea Jonae Harris, after the police testimony stated Miller transported former teammate Darius Miles’ gun which was reportedly used within the homicide scene.

The coed’s lawyer, Jim Standridge despatched out a press release final month explaining that the younger participant “by no means noticed the handgun” that belonged to Miles, who has been charged with capital homicide ever since.

“On January 14th, Brandon performed in a basketball recreation within the afternoon and later was requested by Darius Miles for a trip to the Strip space to go to a nightclub,” the assertion learn.

“Mr. Miles introduced his authorized handgun and left it within the backseat of Brandon’s automobile. Brandon by no means noticed the handgun nor dealt with it. Additional, it’s our understanding that the weapon was hid underneath some clothes within the again seat of his automotive.”

Standridges’ assertion additionally defined that Miller by no means went to the nightclub, he as an alternative went to get some meals. Later, Miles requested his good friend to choose him up in a unique location and texted Miller “to deliver him his firearm.”

Miller has not been charged with against the law, so he was in a position to proceed his basketball profession

The longer term NBA participant has not been charged with against the law, however the college has stored him shut as they’ve stated he’s not a suspect, however a cooperating witness. This implies the freshman has been in a position to proceed to play, a call made by each the faculty administration and his head coach Nate Oats.

“We’ve been taking it very critically from day one. The primary minute that I acquired the data, I referred to as [athletic director] Greg [Byrne], and we talked about it and the severity of it,” coach Oats stated earlier than March Insanity. “Greg, I assumed, did an awesome job addressing these feedback, and I actually don’t have a lot so as to add to it.

“We really feel like we’ve achieved the appropriate factor on this case. So I’m going to go away it at that with Greg’s feedback.”

Miller is the No. 3 prospect on ESPN’s newest mock draft, however expects to make a ultimate push to take the second spot after french sensation Victor Wembanyama.

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