• Joseph Tipton

Q/A with 2022 five-star Brandon Miller

Tell me about where you grew up.

Nashville, TN

From the baby carrier to a small child: I was either at the gym or on a field watching my brother and sister practice or play ball.

Was basketball always a priority in your household?

I won’t say basketball was a priority because I was a 3 sport athlete. Being a good athlete was important to me because I like competition.

Who put the ball in your hands?

A ball of some sort was always around our house. I was allowed to dribble the ball in the kitchen so that was my basketball court. My parents were athletes, My older brother was a 3 sport athlete and my sister played softball and basketball. Basketball was the sports that me and my siblings chose to play on the next level. I was a 3-sport athlete up until my freshman year in high school, at that time, I think basketball chose me and growing 6 inches in a year helped.

When did you start taking the sport seriously?

Very young probably age 2…My parents said: I could dribble a basketball better than a 5 year old at the age of 2 but couldn’t play on a team because I was too young.

Any family members/relatives that played college/pro sports?

Dad played football at The University of Alabama and semi pro overseas

Big Brother played at Fisk University and overseas for 6+ years

Sister plays at Cumberland University

Mom didn’t play on a collegiate level but was a standout track star in high school

Describe your game in a sentence or two.

Lol… I’m a bucket, nah, although I’ll always be a student of the game, I think my ability allows me to score on all 3 levels and defend around the rim.

What does the game of basketball mean to you? In other words, why does it mean so much to you?

It means a lot to me because it’s going to give me an opportunity to change my life whether it’s with my free education or going pro.

How do you feel about your current ranking?

It’s cool, It’s actually motivating It gives people something to talk about. I just love playing the game of basketball. I think it’s because of the rankings that I run into a lot of trash talkers and “He’s over-rated” chants which fuels my game and make me go harder. My current rankings help me stay focused and grow mentally and physically to be the best.

Tell me your general thoughts on rankings. Do they matter? If so, how much do they matter in the whole scheme of things?

I think it matters but it’s not everything. It doesn’t change who I am as a person but I use it as a tool to stay focused, work harder and master my craft to be the best in the country.

Do you have a current list of schools you’re focused on?

I rather not say specifically but my dad and I are looking to narrow the list down.

What schools reach out to you the most?

A lot of them reach out to me…off the top of my head: Tennessee State University, UT, St. Louis University, Arkansas, Louisville, VT, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Auburn, Alabama, Florida, UK, Purdue, University of Memphis

During the recruiting process, does it make a difference how often the head coach reaches out to you (texts/calls)? Does it make you feel that much of a priority?

Absolutely, when the leader of the pack reaches out it says a lot. It really makes a difference and shows that they are making me a top priority.

What advice would you give to a college coach in order to do an effective way of recruiting you in the “COVID era”? Any tips or pointers for them to stand out amongst all the other coaches in your phone?

Now that the season has started its kinda hard for coaches to reach out. Zoom meetings and brief phone calls are good. I enjoy getting the updates on their seasons that helps me to keep schools on the fore-front

Do you have someone to guide you through the recruiting process and show you the ropes? If so, who is that person and what advice have they given you?

My family: my dad, brother and sister all went through the recruiting process so that helps. I also get recruiting input from Tim Holloway (Brad Beal Elite President)

What is something you’ve already learned about the recruiting process that you would share with a younger brother/teammate?

Coaches are not just looking at how many points you score but your all-round game, personality, the energy that you bring, your interaction with the coaches, your body language and your social media

What schools have you visited so far, either unofficially, officially, or virtually?

Unofficially: Tennessee State, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisville, Vanderbilt. Virtually: Virginia Tech, Louisville, Alabama, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Tennessee State, Tennessee, St. Louis

Are there any schools that are currently recruiting you that have not yet offered that you expect to offer you sometime in the near future?

UK, North Carolina, Purdue, Ohio State, Memphis

Name a few schools that aren’t recruiting you at all, that you would like to receive an offer from sometime in the future.

I’ll say this: The schools that have reached out to me will be the schools I’ll consider.

Is building a stacked recruiting class, and bringing top talent in with you a priority?

I think colleges are looking for other characteristics outside of talent to ensure skills and personality can play well together to have a successful season

Did you have a dream school growing up?

No particular school, just playing on the next level.

Let’s flash forward a few years. You get your first NBA paycheck. What’s the first three things you buy?

A car, parents a new house and I have to think more about the 3rd thing.

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