For Brandon Miller, choosing the next stop on his basketball journey came down to one thing: who has my back?
The Bradley Beal Elite standout high school senior fielded offers from colleges across the nation; he even had the opportunity to make the jump, with NBA G-League and Australian NBL contracts on the table. But ultimately a relationship built over the recruiting process with a head coach had Brandon saying two words as he made his commitment official inside the gym of his high school, Canyon Ridge, on November 1st:
— Joe Spears (@joe_spears7) November 1, 2021
— Bradley Beal Elite (@BradBealElite) November 1, 2021
#BREAKING: 5⭐️ small forward Brandon Miller has committed to coach Nate Oats @AlabamaMBB 🔥🐘@brandmillerr is the No. 11 overall prospect in the country 😤 #RollTide @BamaOnLine247 pic.twitter.com/ySPUAmal1e
— 247Sports (@247Sports) November 1, 2021
Brandon told the Tennessean that it was his connection with Alabama head coach Nate Oats that set the Crimson Tide apart from his other options.
“The main thing that caught my eye was my relationship with Coach Oats. He’s been there since day one really. He was always there for me and always calling,” he said. “With recruiting, I think the head coaches typically don’t get all that involved because they’re too busy but he wasn’t like that and it really caught my attention.”
Ranked the No. 1 player overall in the state of Tennessee, No. 13 in the nation by ESPN and No. 11 by 247 Sports, Brandon had his pick of the options. Ultimately it came down to Alabama or Kansas, staying home and heading to Tennessee State, or one of the professional options. At Alabama, he’ll join ESPN’s No. 8 prospect Jaden Bradley, giving the Tide two bonafide Top 15 players. Only Duke and Kentucky have more with three each.
Five-star 2022 forward Brandon Miller announces on CBS Sports that he is committing to Alabama.
The No. 11 overall prospect in 247 Sports’ composite is Nate Oats’ second five-star pick up of this cycle, joining Jaden Bradley.
— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) November 1, 2021
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