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Nuggets.com Q&A: Quincy Miller

Baylor forward works out for Nuggets, connects with BU alum Melvin Hunt

Baylor forward Quincy Miller became the first Bears player in 17 years to be named Big 12 Freshman of the Year after averaging 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds last season.
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Quincy Miller was impressed with the city of Denver in his first visit on Wednesday.

He quickly turned his focus to impressing Nuggets personnel in his predraft workout at Pepsi Center and showing why he is capable of producing at the NBA level as a rookie.

The 6-foot-10 forward from Baylor achieved his goal by showing his versatile game along with his unique athleticism.

The 19-year-old finished his only college season as the 2012 Big 12 co-freshman of the year, averaging 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds, while shooting 44.7 percent from the field in 35 starts.

Miller found himself around familiar company on the Nuggets practice court. Denver assistant Melvin Hunt attended Baylor and follows the Bears closely each season. The two made a connection almost immediately.

“He was joking around with me before the workout, just telling me a few different things,” Miller said. “It was cool having him help.”

The predraft journey continues with several more workouts for Miller, who said it will feel “amazing” to hear his name called draft night on June 28th.

After chatting and politely shaking hands with all media members attending the workout, Miller sat down for a few questions with Nuggets.com.

Q: Welcome to Denver. Have you ever been here before?
A: “This is my first time in Denver; my breath was gone towards the end. The altitude is way different man. The hotel was very nice, and I feel like the city is nice. I really liked it.”

Q: How did it go today? What were your thoughts?
A: “I think I did real well. At first, I started off kind of shaky. They got a few stops on me that I didn’t like, so I had to turn it up.

Q: What is the number one thing you want to showcase during these draft workouts?
A: “I was trying to show them how versatile I am, my different type of ways I can score the ball and my leadership qualities.”

Q: What are your thoughts on the Nuggets team? Did you follow them this year at all?
A: “Yeah I definitely love the way they run. They are a good passing team, they pass fast, they get to the cup fast, they get to the free throw line and they run.”

Q: Talk about what that feeling will be like when your name is called on draft night?
A: “It’s going to be amazing. All this hard work with me traveling every day, it’s going to be great. It’s going to be a great feeling. I can’t wait.”

Q: Baylor’s men’s basketball team made it to the Elite Eight this year, the women’s team won a national championship (here in Denver at Pepsi Center), and the football team won a bowl game. Talk about what it was like to be a part of that atmosphere as a freshman.
A: “It was a great experience; we have so many great athletes at Baylor University, so many great coaches. It was a great year for all of us. Every single program did well in their sport. It was a great life on campus. We all had a lot of fun.”