Brandon Miller had a rough time dealing with off-court controversies. He was involved in a murder case with ex-teammate Darius Miles. Despite his unsettling past, the former Alabama recruit was drafted No.2 overall by the Charlotte Hornets in this year’s NBA draft. He drew comparisons to All-Star Paul George who plays exceptionally well in both aspects of the game.
— ESPN (@espn) June 23, 2023
Miller revealed that before being drafted, the Hornets officials, Michael Jordan, and his future teammate LaMelo Ball him feel like family. He also said, “Melo’s good with passing and, you know, his playmaking and IQ. I feel like I can back him up with just, you know, making shots, you know, in tough moments. So all I can do is just back him up and always have his back on the court and off the court.”
The 2023 SEC Rookie of the Year seems very confident that he will elevate the Hornets. Brandon Miller and Portland’s Scoot Henderson were battling for the second spot in the draft. But people never really expected Miller to be drafted No.2 overall solely based on his involvement in Miles’ murder controversy. Somehow, his talent spoke for itself and he was welcomed as a top pick in the draft.
Where is Darius Miles now?
On January 14, 2023, a young woman named Samea Harris was murdered during a shooting that took place outside of the University of Alabama. The main suspect involved, Darius Miles was in an arm confrontation with Harris’ boyfriend. Harris was killed while the two opened fire, she was shot in the face. Following the incident, Miles along with his accomplice, Crimson Tide teammate Michael Davis were charged with capital murder.
However, Brandon Miller was pulled into the drama when officials found out he brought the gun Miles used at the scene. Miller later stated that he had no idea about the confrontation or argument that was going on. He also mentioned that the gun belonged to Miles and that he simply followed as he was told. The court let him off the hook as there was not enough evidence to charge him with anything.
Miles on the other hand pleaded not guilty a few months after his arrest and his request for a bond was also denied by the jury. According to the Associated Press, Tuscaloosa County Circuit Judge Daniel Pruet stated that the bond can be revisited later. For now, Miles remains under police custody.