Five-star prospect and Nashville native Brandon Miller was born a naturally gifted athlete and grew up excelling in baseball, football, and basketball leading up to high school. As his physical profile started to develop along with his athletic gifts, Miller quickly started to make a name for himself at a national scale after strong performances on the EYBL circuit. At 6’8” and 200 pounds, Miller does a good job maximizing his talents at the forward position. His versatility, scoring ability, defensive impact, and on-ball skill-set helped lead Cane Ridge High School to a run at the state tournament this past season. This summer, Miller is eager to pick up where he left off pre-COVID and show coaches how hard he’s been working to improve his game.
As part of the Pro Insight Q&A series, Miller discusses his short and long term goals, dealing with the attention of being a top-ranked prospect, the benefits of playing with Brad Beal Elite, his recruitment update, some of his off-court interests, and more.
For the next installment of the Pro Insight Q&A series, we present 2022 prospect Brandon Miller, from Nashville, Tennessee:
Pro Insight: Talk a bit about your background.
Brandon Miller: I grew up with two siblings, a brother and a sister. Both parents I grew up around. I grew up playing three sports: baseball, football, and basketball. Just really had a regular life I would say. I was outside playing, riding bikes and stuff you do outside. I may cut the grass, nothing too crazy [laughs]. I’m from Nashville, Tennessee. My dad is from Detroit, Michigan, and my mom is from Nashville, Tennessee.
PI: Any other athletes in your family?
BM: Yeah, my mom ran track in high school and my dad played football at the University of Alabama. My brother played overseas basketball in Hungary and then you have me still in high school.
PI: What are your current measurements?
BM: Wingspan I don’t know at the moment, but I would say 6’8” and 200 pounds. I’m pretty muscular [flexing arms], just a little bit...I’m getting there [laughs].
PI: Where do you get your height from?
BM: My mom is 5’10” and my dad is 6’4”, but I would say my mom because that’s pretty tall for a girl. I’m pretty sure I have some other tall family members, but I don’t know of them right now.
PI: Does your brother have the same build as you?
BM: Yeah I would say the same build — he’s like 6’6”, but he’s way stronger than me because he has more experience. He’s like 6’6” to 6’7”.
PI: You were a three-sport athlete growing up, right? What led to you choosing basketball?
BM: After my freshman year, I played baseball and football and I was like, “nah this isn’t how it was when I was younger, I gotta pick one” so I went based off of that and based off my body — gotta keep the body healthy.
PI: What made you fall in love with basketball?
BM: I don’t think there was a time where I flipped a switch. I think it just happened my first year on the [AAU] circuit. I knew I had to take it seriously.
PI: What made you feel like you should be taking basketball seriously?
BM: Well I always knew that there are kids out there working hard to get better everyday, so it led me to work harder every day to get better and take basketball seriously.
PI: For those that aren’t super familiar with your game — what are your greatest strengths on the court?
BM: Definitely mid-range [shooting] — basically can do it all: score at all three levels, play defense and rebound.
PI: What do you feel you still need to improve on the most?
BM: Really just muscle mass. Just need to get a little toned instead of just all skinny. That’s the only big thing.
PI: Are you weight training right now?
BM: I have a trainer, but right now I don’t really lift as much as I do during the off-season. It’s a little bit of push-ups and sit-ups, I might go to the gym, but it’s a little rare. Off-season for sure I’ll lift.
PI: What are some underrated parts of your game you feel you don’t get enough credit for?
BM: That I play defense. You don’t really see athletes sit down and play both sides of the ball, but I feel like I’m one of those that does that.
PI: Who has been the toughest individual matchup you’ve ever faced?