Denver Nuggets rookie doesn't dodge community

Draft pick Quincy Miller connects with kids at Boys & Girls Club
by Aaron Lopez

The biggest kid on the floor stood 6-foot-9 and was a popular target for flying dodgeballs.

For more than 90 minutes, Quincy Miller wasn’t an NBA player. He was just a teen-ager enjoying the summer at the Arthur E. Johnson Boys & Girls Club.

“He’d stay here all day if you let him,” Miller’s manager Brian Clifton said.

Since being drafted by the Denver Nuggets on June 28, Miller has been working out daily at Pepsi Center, but he also was eager to start connecting with his new community.

With the assistance of the Nuggets community relations department, Miller made an impromptu visit to the Boys & Girls Club on July 5. He played dodgeball and basketball and made genuine connections with dozens of kids.

“You’ve got to do everything you can to get close to the community and show them that even if you’re an NBA player, you can give back,” he said.

Miller, 19, was selected 38th overall in the 2012 NBA Draft. He made the jump to the pros after averaging 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds as a freshman at Baylor University.

During his only college season, he helped the Bears reach the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament and was named Big 12 Co-Freshman of the Year.