NASHVILLE --- Patrick Miller, one of the top scorers in Tennessee State men’s basketball history, is continuing to thrive at the professional level.
Now in his third professional season, the 2014 TSU graduate has put up points every step of the way.
“It’s been amazing,” Miller said. “I feel like I can handle anything as far as basketball is concerned, whether that’s going back overseas or finally getting a chance in the NBA, I’ve been through a lot. I’ve experienced so much that I feel like I’m still young, but I’m a veteran.”
Since putting up 23.7 points per game as a college senior in 2013-14, Miller has played professionally in Turkey, the NBA Developmental League and is currently under contract with Leones in the Dominican Republic.
Playing for the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the NBA Developmental League (now the NBA G League) for the 2016-17 season, Miller averaged 16.2 points, 4.9 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game as his role expanded as the year went on.
“It took some time,” Miller said. “I had to wait my turn behind some of the players we had, but the coaches and staff trusted me to play, and I started scoring a lot. I found my rhythm and once I got comfortable, I was able to play good basketball and continue to get better.”
Now playing for Leones in the Dominican Republic for the summer, Miller has his team in the league finals – a seven-game series. Throughout the summer season, Miller has put up 18.4 points, 5.6 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game for Leones.
Looking into options for next season, Miller is mulling overseas opportunities in Europe while always keeping an eye on getting a shot at the NBA.
“That’s still my dream,” said Miller. “After playing my last two years in the D League, I really got better and I put myself out there. I feel like teams really know who I am now, and so now I want to go somewhere overseas in one of the top leagues and prove myself over there and try to get to the NBA from there.”
When Miller returns stateside, following the playoffs in the Dominican Republic, he plans to head home to Chicago and hopes to stop in Nashville and TSU - a place he sees as vital to his career development.
“Coming to TSU, it developed me and matured me fast," Miller said. "I was thrown into the fire as a freshman. I won (OVC) Freshman of the Year. I think TSU made me into the player I am today. I’m always working my way up and starting from the bottom. That’s how I felt it was for me at TSU. It helped me grow. I’m so thankful for TSU and the opportunity to go in there and play. The people I was playing with, the coaches, that’s why I continue to work hard and get better.”