While names like Tyus Jones, Jalen Suggs, Tre Jones, Tyrell Terry, etc. have graced the courts in Minnesota and moved on to become high level college prospects and/or even NBA draftees eventually, the up and coming talent has continued to work on their development as well and they’ve created a buzz about the future in the process.  All four of those named graced the courts of NY2LA Sports platforms in their development and each stood out in his own right in one way, shape, or form.  While it’s still early in the process, 2024 guard Mercy Miller of Minnehaha Academy could very well follow their lead as the next big things in Minnesota.

Equipped with a powerful and athletic 6-4 185 pound frame, Miller has game, real game that is, not the hyped up fluff that a lot of so-called “middle school gurus” put out that doesn’t pan out and then they run for cover from what they said.  We’ve stamped Jabari Parker, Kevon Looney, Jalen Suggs, Jalen Johnson, Patrick Baldwin Jr., Michael Foster, Shabazz Muhammad, Jayson Tatum, etc. at a young age so the track record of legitimately knowing what to look for and see at this stage is in our DNA and history when it comes to projection and evaluation of young players and Miller has some real potential in his game and he could be the next big thing in Minnesota.  

A talented guard that can slide between either the “1” or the “2”, Miller is best with the ball in his hands and he wants to score the basketball.  He’s constantly on the attack and his ability to break down opposing guards and finish through traffic at the rim or knock down the pull-up is advanced at this stage for a young guard.  His range extends beyond the arc and he is an exceptional rebounder for a guard.  Physical tools wise and instinctively he checks both boxes as his performance at this fall’s NY2LA Sports Futures Camp fully displayed.  Miller can fill the box score at this stage and he has the ability to carry a team on his back when he gets it going.

Whether Miller reaches the heights of his predecessors in Minnesota or not remains to be seen but at this stage of the game the talented guard looks and feels like a potential top 10-15 caliber prospect nationally with a tremendously bright future.  Make no mistake he is one to track closely and he is a legitimate high major prospect that can deliver on the hardwood.  

He plays with the Grassroots Sizzle program during the grassroots travel season.