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Saturday / December 3.
  • Canadian big man Leonard Miller to sign with NBA G League Ignite

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA
    Leonard Miller announced Monday that he will withdraw from the NBA Draft and play for NBA G League Ignite next season.

    On3.com first reported the news.

    The 6-foot-11 left-handed Class of 2022 big man from Fort Erie International Academy in Ontario previously visited the NBA G League Ignite facility along with Kentucky and Arizona.

    Monday was the NBA’s final deadline for early entrants to withdraw their names from the draft pool and retain their draft eligibility for a future year.

    “My lifelong dream has been to play basketball at the highest level, and I’ve been fortunate to have had a number of amazing people in my life that have helped me pursue that dream,” he previously said in a statement to On3.com.

    “After getting feedback from going through the NBA Draft process up to this point, I have decided to take the next step in that journey and move forward in the professional process.”

    He is currently projected as the No. 41 pick by the New Orleans Pelicans, per ESPN.com.

    One league sources said the Ignite had “an amazing package” available for Miller.

    Since its inception two years ago, the team has produced several NBA lottery picks, including Jonathan Kuminga of the Warriors and Jalen Green of the Rockets.

    “The G League Ignite for [Miller] would probably be the perfect option as far as from a developmental standpoint because he’s so raw,” ESPN’s Bobby Marks said on air during the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.

    “And if you go to one of these other schools, you might just be one of the other guys from a developmental standpoint. He’s the guy for me that has probably not done enough to get himself in the first round.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.