Brandon Miller faced questions from NBA teams at the Draft Combine about his role in the alleged killing that dominated coverage of his Alabama team last season.
Meeting with reporters in Chicago on Wednesday, the Crimson Tide star said he responded to teams by saying the incident was “a lesson learned” and repeatedly said he should have known better. his surroundings.
“The message I presented to them was all lessons learned. You should always be aware of your surroundings and be aware of what you are surrounded by. I felt like that night would change my career in a heartbeat. Always be aware of your surroundings.”
Miller is currently projected by Krysten Peek of Yahoo Sports to go second overall to the Charlotte Hornets in the 2023 NBA Draft. He is widely considered a top 3 talent after a stellar freshman season at Alabama, though there is little chance he can leapfrog Victor Wembanyama as the top selection.
While his talent as a future NBA wing is unquestionable, Miller’s decision-making on that fateful January night will hang over his head for the foreseeable future, even if his comments indicate he thinks he’s past the point. it will affect his career.
Jamea Harris, a 23-year-old mother, was shot and killed on Jan. 15. Miller was reported months ago to have delivered the gun to former Alabama teammate Darius Miles that another man, Michael Davis, allegedly used in the shooting. Miller’s attorney later released a statement saying his client did not know Miles had left the gun in his car and learned of it on his way to pick Miles up.
Miles and Davis both now face charges of capital murder — Miles has pleaded not guilty — while Miller has not been charged with a crime or disciplined in Alabama. The story continues to unravel because of Alabama’s repeated bungled attempts to move on from the incident, which included Alabama head coach Nate Oats saying the player was simply in the “wrong place at the wrong time ” and Miller continues to use a patdown intro before. games.
Any team that drafts Miller will have to answer questions about why they are comfortable with him despite what has been reported. So far, it doesn’t appear to be deterring teams, but they certainly want to take a closer look at his character off the court.