2012 Draft Profile: Quincy Miller


 

Editor’s Note: Throughout the month of June, Timberwolves.com will profile a series of prospects that could be available at Minnesota’s No. 18 pick during the 2012 NBA Draft on June 28. Part three details talented freshman Quincy Miller, who declared for the NBA after one season at Baylor. 


PROSPECT: Quincy Miller
POSITION: Small forward
SCHOOL: Baylor
CLASS: Freshman

HEIGHT: 6'9"
WEIGHT: 200 lbs
PROJECTION: picks 15-25

THE LAST TWO YEARS

After previously attending three different high schools, Quincy Miller transferred to Westchester Country Day School (where his close friend Deuce Bello played) prior to his senior year. SLAM Magazine ranked Miller as the top high school prospect in the class of 2011 that summer, and after summer tournament play ESPN HS compared him to NBA star Kevin Durant. Just as the hype was reaching a fever pitch, Miller tore his ACL in December 2010. This ended his high school career, although he was an honorary selection for the Jordan Brand Classic. The top three most popular scouting services (Scout.com, ESPNU, Rivals.com) all had Miller ranked in the top ten for their final 2011 rankings.

Best friends Bello and Miller remained teammates in college, as they both committed to Baylor University. Miller scored 17, 17 and 20 points, respectively, in his first three games, affirming that the rehabilitation for his knee was successful. He played a key role in helping Baylor to a school record 17-0 start, and was eventually named the Big 12 co-Freshman of the Year. Miller started every game but two during his freshman season and ended up averaging 10.6 points per game on 44% shooting.


STRENGTHS

In a word, upside. When Miller was destroying the summer AAU circuit in high school, we saw an incredibly long, versatile and athletic forward that ranked among the very best in his age group. He flashed the same dominance at times at Baylor, most notably when he dumped 29 points on a talented Missouri team in January. He's a slippery scorer that can use his footwork and handle to create shots in a variety of ways, mostly with his midrange jumper but also with pivot moves down low.

 

QUESTION MARKS

The NBA team that picks Miller will do so with confidence that he can continue to recover from his knee injury. While his potential is tantalizing, his final statistics at Baylor were underwhelming despite a hot start. He only averaged 6 points per game during four NCAA tournament games, and he shot a frustrating 11% from three during his last 12 games. Another concern is his light frame, which at around 200 pounds would make things difficult in the NBA low post. Many GMs and scouts felt that another year at Baylor would have helped answer these questions, but the word also seems to be that Miller's stock could rise like crazy if he has some good workouts against other top prospects during the draft process.

 

WHAT HE CAN BRING TO THE WOLVES

Miller is a "tweener" small forward/power forward who could compete for time on the wing or add to the rotation down low. The starting power forward position is obviously occupied, but the small forward spot will likely be a camp battle between two or three players. If Miller can prove that he is making positive progress with his knee and that he can also bulk up for the physicality of the NBA, he may be a great young player that could contribute to multiple positions for the Wolves.