Just days after being labeled a “cooperative witness” in a murder case, Alabama freshman basketball star Brandon Miller overcame a hostile atmosphere in his career-best performance yet.
Miller stepped up to the court and scored a whopping 41 points, securing the game-winning shot for No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide in their nail-biting 78-76 overtime victory against unranked South Carolina.
Brandon Miller dropping 40 in the middle of murder accusations might be the coldest sht I’ve ever seen
— Teg🚨 (@IQfor3) February 23, 2023
Miller took to the court just hours after his school announced he would remain an “active member” of the team while law enforcement investigates the campus shooting death of Jamea Jonae Harris.
Miller’s involvement in the case was brought to light in a recent court hearing, where a law enforcement officer testified that former Alabama basketball player Darius Miles had texted Miller to bring his gun to the scene of the shooting.
On Wednesday, Alabama’s athletic department said, “UA Athletics continues to cooperate fully with law enforcement in the on-going investigation of this tragic situation.”
Brandon Miller’s attorney released a statement: pic.twitter.com/81AhA6S7l3
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) February 22, 2023
The incident has caused controversy among Miller’s teammates and the wider campus community. Despite the revelations, Miller has not been charged with any crime. The investigation into Harris’ death is ongoing.
The freshman star set a new career record by scoring an impressive 41 points against South Carolina, making him the highest-scoring freshman in the school’s history. However, Miller’s performance comes amidst controversy surrounding his alleged involvement in the shooting.
Brandon Miller wins it for Alabama pic.twitter.com/itrffwsDY5
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) February 23, 2023
Following the game, Alabama coach Nate Oats retracted his previous statements about Miller, including that the player had no connection to Harris’ death and had not been in any trouble regarding the case. The situation surrounding Miller remains unclear as the investigation into Harris’ death continues.
“I used a poor choice of words, making it appear like I wasn’t taking this tragic situation seriously, which we have throughout the course of it,” Oats said. “I sincerely apologize for that.”
Miller is currently eligible for the 2023 NBA Draft. His athleticism and shooting ability make him an intriguing prospect for NBA teams. Many mock drafts have projected him a lottery pick.
Last night before Alabama took on South Carolina, Brandon Miller was patted down by USC personnel to ensure everyone’s safety in the arena. No guns were found on him this time. pic.twitter.com/EJC45LxOhL
— Richard G. West (@RGW_News) February 23, 2023
However, his draft stock may be impacted by off-court concerns, including his alleged involvement in the shooting.
NBA Draft Room has this to say about Miller’s game:
A big time wing prospect with huge upside who looks to be on the fast track to the NBA. A possible lottery pick.
Miller is tough to defend. He can shoot over guards and take bigger defenders off the dribble and use his crafty handles to get to the rim or get his shot from mid range.
He’s good a really nice pull up jumper and step-back jumper and gets great elevation on his shot. He’s got a chance to be a really high level 3pt shooter but needs to get more consistent. Has deep range.
He’s a solid shot blocker and shows good awareness on the defensive end and he’s got the length, size and quickness to cover multiple positions. Is a very aware off the ball defender and plays great team defense.
Doesn’t have high end athleticism, quickness or leaping ability and is an average athlete by NBA standards. Needs to bulk up, add strength and get better at finishing through contact.
Doesn’t finish very well in the lane and needs to improve his shot selection from mid range.
An excellent FT shooter who knows how to get to the line.