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Canadian basketball prospect Leonard Miller withdraws from NBA draft and will sign with G League Ignite

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Canadian high school recruit Leonard Miller is withdrawing from the NBA draft and will sign with the NBA’s G League Ignite program, he told ESPN.

The NBA draft withdrawal deadline is Monday at 5 p.m.

“My decision to withdraw from this year’s draft is based on what is best for my long-term development,” Miller said. “With another year of development both on and off the court, I’ll put myself in an even better position for the 2023 draft. Going through the pre-draft process, I’ve learned what it takes to be a successful pro. Whether it’s the daily work on the court, work off the court, diet or recovery, I’ve gained a much greater understanding of the habits it takes to get to the top of this field.”

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Miller, the No. 43 prospect on ESPN 100, chose to enter the NBA draft after a strong performance at the Nike Hoop Summit in April, when he established himself as the best long-term prospect on the international team in a week of practice. . in front of a host of NBA decision makers in Portland, Oregon. He was 6-foot-10 with a 7-2 wingspan at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago last month.

Miller, who doesn’t turn 19 until late November, was the youngest prospect in the class, 35 days from being ineligible until the 2023 draft. Combined interviews will help you take the next step in your development next season with G League Ignite.

“I was incredibly blessed to have several great options,” Miller said. “For me, the final decision was based on what I felt was the environment to put myself in the best possible position to reach my ultimate goal of playing and excelling in the NBA. The feedback I received was primarily based on continuing to develop my shot. and ball handling. I also hope to develop my body from a strength, conditioning and agility standpoint. Playing against professionals and training with them every day will also help me with the rhythm and energy of the NBA, which I know it’s important to me too.”

Miller’s late-growing trajectory (he was 6-foot-5 two years ago before returning to Canada to play high school basketball at the Fort Erie International Academy and emerging as a five-star-caliber recruit) gives him top-level potential. lottery below. year with the physical tools and goalscoring instincts he displays. He makes tough shots from all over the court; he sniffs out easy baskets in transition, without the ball and crashing the offensive glass; and he has intriguing defensive versatility with his length and instincts as his frame fills out and he gains high-level experience.

Averaging over 30 points per game and winning the OSBA championship, he was heavily pursued by programs including Kentucky and Arizona before he chose to go the pro route.

Miller joins Scoot Henderson, the projected No. 2 pick in the 2023 NBA draft, on the G League Ignite roster. The NBA’s development program has several additional signings to make this summer, most of which are expected to come on the international front with stiff competition facing domestically from Overtime Elite and NIL-fueled college basketball personnel.

“My versatility will allow me to impact the game in any way that the Ignite coaching staff feels maximizes our chances of winning, as well as maximizes my development,” Miller said. “I hope to be a sponge and apply his experience to take my game to the next level.”

Ignite currently has four players projected to be selected in the NBA draft on June 23: Australian Dyson Daniels and Americans Jaden Hardy, MarJon Beauchamp and Michael Foster.

Miller is one of several international players set to withdraw from the 2022 NBA draft before Monday’s deadline, joining potential second-round picks Karlo Matkovic and Zvonimir Ivisic of Croatia and Montenegro, respectively. Internationals Ousmane Dieng, Nikola Jovic, Ismael Kamagate, Hugo Besson, Gabriele Procida, Ziga Samar and Gui Santos will keep their names in the draft after the deadline, sources told ESPN.

Jonathan Givony is an NBA draft expert and founder and co-owner of DraftExpress.com, a private search and analysis service used by the NBA, NCAA, and international teams.

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