College basketball season is fast approaching across the country. It may be slipping under the radar a bit for casual fans, but Florida State plays an exhibition game later this month with Newberry College (D3) coming to town on Oct. 27.
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There are rumors that the Seminoles will return to the postseason after failing to qualify for the NCAA Tournament last year. Five players are back for FSU (G Caleb Mills, G Jalen Warley, G Matthew Cleveland, F Cam’Ron Fletcher, C Naheem McLeod) along with eight newcomers (G Darin Green Jr, F Baba Miller, F Cam Corhen, G Chandler Jackson, G Tom House, G Jeremiah Bembry, F Jaylan Gainey, F De’Ante Green).
In recent seasons, the ‘Noles have featured a number of real freshmen with high expectations, including Scottie Barnies, Patrick Williams, Jonathan Isaac and Dwayne Bacon. That will be no different in 2022 with highly touted international forward Baba Miller decked out in maroon and gold this year.
Miller signed with Florida State after playing professional basketball for Real Madrid. He made his EuroLeague debut as a 17-year-old against CSKA Moscow in December 2021. Miller originally joined the Real Madrid organization when he was 12 years old, which provided him with valuable experience that most true students of first year they don’t have.
The Spain native has a lot of potential to become a star in college and possibly in the NBA as well. According to NBADraft.net’s most recent mock draft from October 5, Miller projects as the Sacramento Kings’ No. 7 overall pick.
The international prospect has seen his body change immensely in recent years. She was 6-foot-2 at age 14 and is now 6-foot-11 at 18. That’s a nine-inch growth spurt in about four years. Miller is still filling out the body of him, but he has guard skills in a big frame.
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Miller can stretch the floor on offense with his shots and protect the rim on defense with his 7-foot-2 wingspan. He can handle and pass the ball at a high level for a big man, something that has tempted scouts. Additionally, Miller is super athletic and extremely versatile. There’s a chance he’ll play a big role for Florida State from day one.
The 6’11-foot striker represented the Spanish team at the European Under-18 Championship in Turkey during the summer. Miller averaged 11.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game with Real Madrid in the Spanish Basketball League (EBA League).
Florida State kicks off its regular season against Stetson on Monday, November 7.
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