Top international basketball prospect Baba Miller has committed to Florida State, he told ESPN on Monday.
“I could see an actual family at Florida State,” Miller said. “I saw a very close relationship between everyone. That was a big part of my decision.”
The 18-year-old, 6-foot-11 small forward from Spain is considered one of the top international prospects committing to the college route in the Class of 2022. He picked Florida State over Gonzaga, visiting both schools last week with his father.
“The style of play matches mine with my abilities and the freedom that they gave their players to make plays at any position,” Miller said. “I love the culture at Florida State. As soon as I got there I could see the brotherhood they have on the team. They have tight relationships between the players and coaches. I loved the good vibes that were on the team.”
Miller, whose maternal grandparents are from the United Kingdom, grew up on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, but spent his formative years playing for European powerhouse Real Madrid, since he was 12 years old. Last summer he won the prestigious Adidas Next Generation tournament with Real Madrid, considered arguably the best junior program on the continent, and then helped the Spanish U18 national team to an undefeated record in the FIBA European Challengers, finishing as its second-best scorer and averaging 11.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 21 minutes, shooting 64% from 2-point range and 50% for 3.
Miller spent most of this season with Real Madrid’s B team in the EBA league, averaging 11.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in 24 minutes while shooting 69% from 2-point range and 35% for 3. He was surprisingly called up to the senior team in December and even made his Euroleague debut as a 17-year-old in a game against CSKA Moscow because of a COVID-19 outbreak.