Mojave King, Leonard Miller officially sign contracts with G League Ignite

The news of the two players joining the Ignite was previously reported over the summer.

New Zealand guard Mojave King and Canadian guard Leonard Miller  signed contracts with the NBA G League Ignite, the team announced on Wednesday.

King played the last two seasons in the NBL as part of the Next Stars program with the Cairns Terrapins and Adelaide 36ers. He averaged 3.6 points and one rebound on 37% shooting from the field in 26 games with the 36ers last season.

The 20-year-old also spent one year with the NBA Academy in Canberra, Australia. He emerged as one of the top prospects at the 2019 NBA Academy Games in front of scouts and teams and likely would have been a five-star prospect had he attended college in the United States.

Miller, who will turn 19 in November, tested the NBA draft this year but opted to withdraw and sign with the Ignite. He participated in the combine in May, averaging 7.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in two scrimmage games.

The news of the two players joining the Ignite was reported over the summer, but the team had not announced the signings until Wednesday.

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They will join Scoot Henderson on the Ignite this season, along with Efe Abogidi, Sidy Cissoko and Shareef O’Neal. Starting this season, the team will play its home games in Henderson, Nevada, and have a full 50-game schedule. It will be eligible for the playoffs.

The stated goal of the Ignite is to provide development opportunities for those prospects looking to play professionally. The team offers the players a platform to showcase their skills in front of scouts and executives against G League competition.

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2023 NBA Mock Draft 1.0: An early look at the top prospects next year

Rookie Wire took a very early look at the next rookie class and some of the top prospects to monitor over the course of the 2022-23 season.

With the basketball world over a month removed from the NBA draft, many have started to look ahead to the next rookie class and which prospects may be available.

The class is headlined by French phenom Victor Wembanyama, who is considered one of the top prospects in recent memory. He has performed well in the top basketball league in France and looks to already be locked in as the top pick in 2023.

Elsewhere, there are several other prospects that will be worth monitoring over the course of next season. The rankings will certainly change but it can be a productive exercise to see how prospects moved up and down draft boards ahead of next year.

Rookie Wire took a very early look at the next rookie class and some of the top prospects to monitor as the 2022-23 season approaches in a couple of months.

Note: The order of the draft was determined by the reverse championship odds set by Tipico Sportsbook. The 2023 draft will only have 59 picks after the Bulls were stripped of their second-round pick by the NBA due to a tampering violation involving the signing of Lonzo Ball.

Canadian Leonard Miller to withdraw from draft, sign with Ignite

Miller becomes the second prospect to play with the Ignite next season, joining Scoot Henderson.

Leonard Miller, a 6-foot-11 forward from Canada, on Monday told Jonathan Givony of ESPN that he will withdraw from the 2022 NBA draft and sign with the NBA G League Ignite.

Miller, who will turn 19 in November, previously announced last month that he would forgo his collegiate eligibility and either remain in the draft or sign with the Ignite next season. He had received college interest from Arizona and Kentucky, among other programs.

The 6-foot-10 forward was ruled eligible for the draft after completing a postgraduate year at Fort Erie International Academy. He participated in the combine last month in Chicago, Illinois, averaging 7.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in two scrimmage games.

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Miller projects to have the skills needed to eventually make the transition to the NBA. He has an all-around offensive game and boasts a 7-foot-2 wingspan that can help protect the paint on defense. With a year in the G League, Miller could transform into a first-round pick.

He will join Scoot Henderson on the Ignite next season. They are the only known players signed to the roster at this time with the likes of Dyson Daniels, Michael Foster Jr. and Jaden Hardy leaving the program for the draft this year.

The stated goal of the Ignite is to provide development opportunities for those prospects looking to play professionally. The team offers the players a platform to showcase their skills in front of scouts and executives against G League competition.

Miller had until 5 p.m. EDT on Monday to withdraw from the draft.

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Leonard Miller will withdraw from 2022 NBA Draft to play for G League Ignite, and it’s the right call

As we wrote in May, his next decision was what mattered most.

Canada’s Leonard Miller was the most intriguing prospect in the 2022 NBA Draft. But as we wrote last month, his next decision was what mattered most.

Miller, who also considered attending Kentucky or Arizona, has decided to play for the G League Ignite. Considering that the 6-foot-10 lefty ball-handler was a potential first-round pick, he will likely be prominently featured in coach Jason Hart’s offense at the developmental program.

Miller was absolutely dominant at Fort Erie Academy in Canada, and he was also one of the best performers at Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore. back in April.

Although he had fantastic measurements at the 2022 NBA Draft Combine, there were some concerns about Miller’s performance during his five-on-five scrimmages.

He struggled to score and the pace of play looked a bit too fast for Miller, who would have been the youngest player eligible to hear his name called had he opted to stay in this draft class.

While it will be interesting to see how Miller performs against professionals with much more experience than he has once he is in the G Leauge, this was ultimately the right call. On the Ignite, Miller can learn the tools to improve his game before taking the jump to the next level.

When the 2023 NBA Draft arrives, he will still be only 19 years old, so there is still a ton of upside for Miller considering he is such a unique prospect. As one scout recently told For The Win, if there is potential to go in the lottery, that’s the year a prospect should stay for the draft.

Even though Miller had some momentum this year, he could have lottery-level momentum next year. That type of contractual security (which comes with guaranteed money and more developmental priority from the team) is worth the wait.

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Canada’s Leonard Miller makes shocking NBA Draft decision

Leonard Miller’s draft stock has been on the rise lately.

It seems like Leonard Miller loves crunch time.

A day before the June 1 deadline, Miller made his decision to forgo colleges and focus on professional basketball opportunities. He had narrowed down his decision between the NBA Draft and the G-League Ignite.

A projected late first-round pick as of a few weeks ago, Miller had until June 13 to make a final decision to withdraw from this year’s NBA draft pool and keep his draft eligibility for next year.

Miller has made the decision to pull out of the draft and join the G-League Ignite squad for next season, HoopsHype has learned. He had a last-minute change of heart leading up to his decision the last couple of days.

The G-League Ignite rosters in the past have a history of numerous players who make it into the league. The Houston Rockets’ second overall pick of last year’s draft, Jalen Green, played for the Ignite squad during the 2020 season. Green’s teammate, Isaiah Todd, was drafted by the Washington Wizards in the second round last year.

Dyson Daniels, HoopsHype’s No 10 selection in this upcoming draft latest mock draft, played for the G-League Ignite last season. It looks like Miller will hope to duplicate Daniel’s success in next year’s draft.

Get to know the 2022 NBA draft with exclusive, one-on-one interviews with some intriguing prospects

Learn more about some of the most interesting NBA draft prospects.

The NBA is about to welcome a new generation of pros, and we want to introduce you to some of those players before they take the proverbial leap.

Scouts and executives around the league spend countless hours and seemingly infinite resources identifying the top talent in the draft. Before investing millions of dollars into drafting a prospect, it’s important to know everything about what they can contribute to your organization.

That typically includes advanced scouting reports and in-person pre-draft workouts. But it also includes sit-down interviews, the same way it would for anyone applying for a job.

So our goal was to get to know this draft class by asking them how they describe their games, learning more about their backgrounds, what makes them tick as people, what are their interests off the court, and more.

We had in-depth conversations with several top prospects, and we will continue to update this post as we publish more. With all that in mind, before your favorite team is on the clock on June 23, get to know some of the most interesting players in the 2022 NBA Draft:

Canadian prospect Leonard Miller to turn pro, forgo college

Miller, who was being recruited by Arizona and Kentucky, will play professionally next season and forgo his eligibility.

Leonard Miller, a 6-foot-11 forward from Canada, announced on Tuesday that he will play professionally next season and forgo his collegiate eligibility.

Miller, who will turn 19 in November, completed a postgraduate year at Fort Erie International Academy and had received college interest from Arizona and Kentucky. He will now elect to either stay in the NBA draft or sign with the NBA G League Ignite next season.

The 6-foot-10 forward was among the prospects that participated in the draft combine, averaging 7.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in two scrimmage games. He will have the opportunity to work out with teams ahead of the June 13 withdrawal deadline.

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Miller participated with Team World at the Nike Hoop Summit in April in Portland, Oregon. He recorded 11 points, five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in a loss to USA Basketball. He impressed during his 18 minutes and looked to be the best player on the team.

He projects to have the skills needed to eventually make the transition to the NBA. He has an all-around offensive game and can even step out and shoot from distance. On the other side, Miller boasts a 7-foot-2 wingspan and can protect the paint.

Miller is most commonly projected to be an early second-round pick this year. He could stand to benefit by playing one season with the Ignite to further improve his game and draft stock next year.

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Trevor Keels and the top 20 stay-or-go college decisions in the 2022 NBA Draft

Should he stay or should he go?

The 2022 NBA Draft is approaching, on June 23 in Brooklyn, and we will soon have a finalized list of the candidates hoping to hear their names called.

Although the early entry withdrawal deadline is June 13, the NCAA’s deadline to retain collegiate eligibility is June 1. That means prospects who are testing the NBA draft waters and wish to play college basketball next season have until tomorrow to make their decision.

Many interesting prospects (Oscar Tshiebwe, Jaime Jaquez, Caleb Love, Tyrese Hunter, Alex Fudge) did not appear on the early-entry list when it was released in April.

But others (NC State’s Terquavion Smith, Stanford’s Harrison Ingram, Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis, and Creighton’s Baylor Scheierman) were early entry candidates who have since decided to withdraw from the process.

Additionally, some, such as Matthew Mayer and Isiaih Mosley, have withdrawn from the draft to instead opt for a change of scenery next season by using the transfer portal.

Otherwise, here are the most interesting prospects yet to make an official announcement or public decision about their professional intentions:

I’m writing a book about P3 called …

I’m writing a book about P3 called BALLISTIC. This week, that has meant spending quality time in P3’s sports science-infused headquarters in Santa Barbara, where a huge number of NBA prospects (Bill Duffy clients like Chet Holmgren, E.J. Liddell, Leonard Miller, Christian Braun, Jalen Williams, and many others) have been intensively preparing for next month’s draft. Draft experts have had plenty of smart things to say about Arizona’s Bennedict Mathurin. The Athletic’s John Hollinger calls Mathurin the fifth-best prospect in the draft. He raves about his shooting, and highlights a play where Mathurin entirely denies a pass to a smaller guard desperate to receive the ball. Hollinger also notes that Mathurin has good size and “plus athleticism.” It’s that last thing that stands out in this building. If he had competed, I imagine Mathurin would have done well on the vertical jump and sprint tests at the combine in Chicago, but tests like those would miss his Jimmy Butleresque solidity. P3 founder Marcus Elliott uses the phrase “damn strong” to describe Mathurin. It’s obviously true.