Through the years, we have seen a lot of young cagers who trace their roots from NBA greats. That list includes Tim Hardaway Jr., Glen Rice Jr., and Klay Thompson. At some point in the future, more are expected to come and be better than their fathers. One prospect that is showing plenty of promise is Mason Miller, son of retired NBA player Mike Miller.
Mason Miller stands 6-foot-9 and has unsurprisingly inherited the same arsenal his father Mike is known for — hitting it from beyond the arc. However, it seems that the sophomore from Houston High School in Germantown adds something more — the ability to slam it home when the opportunity arises. In a recent game, Mason delivered an impressive dunk which caught the eye of Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James who gave a friendly swipe to his former teammate on social media.
Yesssir!! More than just shooters in that household @MikeMiller_13!! They forget you was a leaper in your day too, I didn’t. Mason I see you nephew!! Sheesh ____ https://t.co/rvbPKSTVwn
— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 14, 2019
Mike Miller currently serves as an assistant coach at the University of Memphis and has been working out with his son. This early, Mason has been receiving scholarship offers from Texas Christian University and Creighton University. Seeing that he has two more years left to play, the rising young son of the former Miami Heat hotshot is likely to get more offers in the coming years, Heat Nation reported.
Despite receiving attention and offers, Mason is trying to keep himself level headed. In fact, a third team has entered the mix with the University of Memphis also trying to woo Mason and potentially reuniting him with his father who serves as an assistant coach there. In a report from the Daily Memphian, the Class of 2021 guard admitted being surprised when another former NBA player in Penny Hardaway offered him a scholarship offer to play at the University of Memphis where he could be working out with his dad all the more.
“It was nice,” Mason said. “Very surprising as well. I had no idea he was going to come up to me and do that. … He said, ‘I’m going to offer you.’ It was surprising.”
For someone who can hit it from downtown and dunk the ball inside, there is no question that Miller will be in the radar of colleges and NBA teams. It may be a long wait for some but the progress of such players who have NBA genes will certainly be closely monitored.