Brandon Miller enters NBA Draft: Alabama star ‘in contention to go second overall behind Victor Wembanyama’ – despite allegedly providing gun for ex-teammate in murder of mother, 23
University of Alabama star Brandon Miller will reportedly be available in the 2023 NBA Draft this summer.
Miller, 20, has had an outstanding season for the Crimson Tide, averaging 18.8 points per game.
And now the highly-rated freshman forward has declared his intentions to be in the draft in June and is in contention to go second overall behind Victor Wembanyama, according to ESPN.
G-League star Scoot Henderson was expected to be No. 2 but Miller is now in the running and set to challenge him.
Last week Miller was voted as the National Freshman Player of the Year by the US Basketball Writers Association, becoming the first Alabama player to take home the award since it started in 1989.
University of Alabama star Brandon Miller (left) will reportedly be available in the 2023 NBA Draft. The forward is in contention to go second overall behind Victor Wembanyama (right)
The 20-year-old has impressed for the Crimson Tide, averaging 18.8 points per game
Standout performer Miller led the SEC in scoring with 19.6 points per game (including the conference tournament) and chipped in 8.3 rebounds as well.
That scoring mark – achieved while shooting an efficient 40.1 percent from deep – was the best of any freshman in the country.
Miller’s Freshman of the Year award comes after he received a litany of other honors, including being named an AP first-team All-American and first-team All-SEC.
The 6-foot-9 forward was also named the SEC Player of the Year and a Lute Olson National Player of the Year finalist.
However Miller has been shrouded in controversy in recent weeks.
Miller was linked to the fatal shooting of 23-year-old mother Jamea Jonae Harris – for which his former teammate Darius Miles was indicted on capital murder charges.
Miller was at the scene of the shooting and has not been charged, but police have said in court documents that Miles texted Miller to bring him his gun.
Authorities have said Miller is a cooperating witness, and he did not miss any playing time. He received armed security protection during the March Madness tournament.
Miller’s Alabama was dumped out of tournament in a big shock as San Diego State downed the No 1 seed 71-64 to book a spot in the Elite Eight for the first time in school history.
Miller suffered a nightmare evening in Louisville, Kentucky, going a dismal 3-19 from the field and scoring just nine points.
Miller, who has been shrouded in controversy, suffered a nightmare evening in Sweet 16 game