Jordan Miller, Miami
Jordan Miller isn’t the flashiest of prospects, but the veteran southpaw is rangy (6-foot-7), athletic enough and an excellent team defender. Miller is constantly in the right spots as a back-line helper. The Hurricanes put a lot on his plate this season as they went all-in on trapping ball screens.
By putting two on the ball, often with Miami’s center (primarily Sam Waardenburg) involved in the defensive action, Miller was tasked being the clean-up guy on the back side of the play.
With two defenders on the ball, it’s a 4-on-3 for the offense — if that initial outlet pass is made. It requires a team effort to scramble and work against that advantage, but Miller — 3.4 percent steal rate, 2.0 percent block rate — was asked to put out more fires than anyone else on the roster.
Miller can also step up and handle difficult 1-on-1 assignments. When Miami upset Auburn in the NCAA Tournament, Miller put the clamps on Jabari Smith.
After a hot start shooting the ball, Miller cooled off from downtown; by the end of the season, Miller was under 30 percent (19-of-65 3PA). Miller is a clever cutter and finisher along the baseline, working the dunker spot and looking for easy finishes. However, he needs the spot-up jumper to pop next season. If he bumps this up, Miller could snag a training camp invite as a 3-and-D wing.