Alabama also issued a statement which concluded that Miller “remains an active member of our team” and presumably won’t face any suspension.
Statement from Brandon Miller's attorney:— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) February 22, 2023
“Brandon never touched the gun, was not involved in its exchange to Mr. Davis in any way, and never knew that illegal activity involving the gun would occur." https://t.co/Kf37fZpINV
We checked in with various NBA personnel and NBA agents to get feedback on how the situation could impact Miller’s draft stock and future, and there were a diverse array of opinions. First off, several of them expressed surprise that Alabama coach Nate Oats — whose team is ranked No. 2 nationally and is a legitimate contender to win the program’s first NCAA championship — has not suspended Miller for his involvement. “He has to get suspended if he provided the gun,” one veteran NBA agent said. Said a second league source: “Suspending Miller is in everybody’s best interest, including the kid. They need to demonstrate some form of order.” Longtime ESPN analyst Jimmy Dykes Tweeted ahead of Alabama’s game with South Carolina Wednesday night (9 p.m., ESPN2), “Will @AlabamaMBB play Brandon Miller tonight? (Miller ended up playing and scoring a career-high 41 points amid chants of “Lock him up” and “Guilty.”)
‘Brandon remains an active member of our team’ and presumably won’t face any suspension https://t.co/1JXBRpbZRA— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) February 22, 2023
Oats initially said Tuesday that Miller is “not in any trouble” because of his involvement. “We knew about that,” Oats said. “Can’t control everything everybody does outside of practice. Nobody knew that was going to happen. College kids are out, Brandon hasn’t been in any type of trouble nor is he in any type of trouble in this case. Wrong spot at the wrong time.” After the Alabama coach received massive blowback, including columns on USA Today and The Sporting News, he issued a revised statement to walk back his original one. “I thought it was important for me to clarify the unfortunate remarks I made earlier,” he said. “This entire time I’ve tried to be thoughtful in my words relative to this tragic incident, and my statements came across poorly. “We were informed by law enforcement of other student-athletes being in the vicinity, and law enforcement has repeatedly told us that no other student-athletes were suspects—they were witnesses only. Our understanding is that they have all been fully truthful and cooperative. “In no way did I intend to downplay the seriousness of this situation or the tragedy of that night. My prayers continue to go out to Jamea Harris’s family.” Second, several NBA personnel and agents said either that the incident wouldn’t impact Miller’s draft stock, or that it was too early to tell and things needed to play out legally and from a PR perspective. “No impact at all NBA Draft wise,” one NBA executive said flatly. Added another NBA scout: “Love Brandon. If he’s not in any legal trouble, would love to have him.” Others said the process would have to play out. “It’s probably too early to tell,” a third league source said. “This is one of those situations teams will investigate thoroughly on their own. They have the resources and will take a deep dive. The legal part of it is only one issue. They will delve into his character, his associations, his background.” Various NBA agents echoed similar sentiments. “I’m not sure how much it will hurt” his stock,” one agent said. “The league will fall back on what, or if he’s charged with.” Said yet another agent: “I don’t think it’s going to affect his stock much when all is said and done, but it needs to get sifted through.” He added: “All the intel I’ve ever heard on Brandon is really positive.” Still another agent said the incident “can’t help” Miller’s stock. “But honestly it either does significantly, or it doesn’t much at all,” the agent added. “[There is] probably no in between. It will depend on the details as they are unearthed, and the general public perception over time. “But [it’s] a really bad look for the school and program regardless.” Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter Follow ZAGSBLOGHoops on Instagram And Like ZAGS on Facebook
Will @AlabamaMBB play Brandon Miller tonight ?— Jimmy Dykes (@CoachJimmyDykes) February 22, 2023
Disturbing news yesterday is story of the year out of Tuscaloosa