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Police say top 2023 NBA Draft prospect Brandon Miller provided gun in fatal shooting

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Update: This story has been updated to include a statement from the University of Alabama as well as Brandon Miller’s attorney. Scroll to the bottom to find them.

A top-11 recruit of the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2022, forward Brandon Miller has been enjoying himself a tremendous sophomore season in Tuscaloosa.

His future could now be in question following some disturbing allegations levied against the Tennessee native by authorities investigating a fatal shooting back in January.

Miller’s former teammate, Darius Miles, was charged in January by authorities in Tuscaloosa for shooting and killing a 23-year-old woman. Miles was ultimately charged with capital murder.

We now have more information on this linking Brandon Miller to the killing. An officer with the Tuscaloosa Sheriff’s Office testified in court recently that Brandon Miller brought the gun Miles allegedly used in the shooting of the woman. Miles had allegedly texted Miller to “get his gun” and bring it to a certain location.

As for potential charges against Miller, Tuscaloosa chief deputy D.A. Paula Whitley indicated that “there’s nothing we could charge him with” according to state law. Meanwhile, Alabama head coach Nate Oats said on Tuesday that Miller is “not in any trouble” as a result of his alleged involvement in the fatal shooting.

“We knew about that. Can’t control everything everybody does outside of practice. Nobody knew that was going to happen. College kids are out, Brandon hasn’t been in any type of trouble nor is he in any type of trouble in this case. Wrong spot at the wrong time,” Oats on Brandon Miller’s alleged involvement.

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The victim is reportedly Birmingham native Jamea Jonae Harris. Michael Lynn Davis, 20, is the other individual being charged in the shooting. Neither Harris nor Davis are members of the University on any level. It does not seem like Miller will end up being charged.

Whether this has an impact on the forward’s draft standing remains to be seen. The 6-foot-8 wing was a five-star recruit in the Class of 2022 and has played at an exceptionally high level this season.

  • Brandon Miller stats (2022-23): 18.7 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 46% shooting, 43% 3-point

Miller is one of the primary reasons Alabama sits at No. 2 in the nation with a 23-4 record. We also have him going No. 5 overall to the Orlando Magic in our latest 2023 NBA mock draft.

The University of Alabama statement on Brandon Miller:

“UA Athletics continues to cooperate fully with law enforcement in the on-going investigation of this tragic situation. Based on all of the information we have received, Brandon Miller is not considered a suspect in the case, only a cooperative witness.”

Miller’s attorney also released a statement that can be read below:

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