Drama and extracurriculars aside, Brandon Miller undeniably had one of, if not the best season of any freshman playing college basketball. There’s been some buzz as of late that Miller could challenge Scoot Henderson for the #2 overall selection and for good reason.
Miller was simply one of the most dominant young scorers in college basketball this past season, posting 18.8 points per game and proving that he’s comfortable scoring on all three levels. The dramatic improvements he made to his at-the-rim finishing over the course of the season were convincing and impressive considering how often this was pointed out as an area of improvement for him. His reputation for being a master of the midrange in high school certainly followed him into college basketball, and his three-point shooting, which was largely seen as a question mark before the season began, proved to be just as impressive.
For his size (roughly 6’9”), he’s an incredibly patient ball-handler that plays with poise in the pick-and-roll and is more than capable of making good passing reads in those situations. Despite only having average to slightly above average athleticism, which is still understandably a concern, Miller already possesses the necessary skill set to be a successful three-level scorer in the NBA. When factoring in that he’s also an above-average defender, it’s very easy to see why he’s so highly touted and considered one of the safest bets in the top half of the lottery.