BROOKLYN, N.Y. (CHARLOTTE SPORTS LIVE) – With the No. 2 pick in the 2023 NBA Draft, the Charlotte Hornets selected 20-year-old forward Brandon Miller from the University of Alabama.
Miller is a lengthy, athletic player at 6’9″, 200 lbs.
“It’s definitely one of my dreams,” Miller said after being drafted. “It’s a good moment to be here.”
Miller said Michael Jordan made him feel like Charlotte was home during his second workout.
With Miller officially coming to the Queen City, he elaborated on what he expects to play alongside LaMelo Ball.
“With ‘Melo, as good as a point guard that he is, I think I just kind of fill in a place with him,” Miller said. “I know he’s a great vet now; I know he’s gonna be the big brother for me away from home.”
During his only season at Alabama, Miller averaged 18.8 points per game, 8.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists, leading the Crimson Tide to a 31-6 overall record.
The Crimson Tide’s season ended after losing to San Diego State in the third round of the NCAA tournament.
Even though Miller was a highly-rated prospect and went with the second pick, some local fans aren’t too happy about the pick.
“We have to thrive off hope because we never really get anything better than hope,” said one fan.
Many boos rang out at Pinhouse Charlotte’s watch party once the pick was made.
Even though Charlotte will welcome Miller with open arms, that can’t change the past.
“If you look through the last 15 years, we have a really bad history of lottery picks,” said another fan.