Real's prospect Baba Miller commits to Florida State: 'Europe is a place to compete, not to develop'

2022-06-06 16:19

Baba Miller has committed to Florida State Seminoles, according to Jonathan Givony of ESPN.

"I could see an actual family at Florida State," Miller told the US media giant. "I saw a very close relationship between everyone. That was a big part of my decision."

The 18-year-old, 2.08-meter small forward from Spain is considered one of the top international prospects committing to the college route in the class of 2022.

3-pointers this season

Points made: 9,6
Accuracy: 35,3%
Place in standings: 3
Record max: 18
Record min: 1
Most made 3FGs: Sergio Llull

He picked Florida State over Gonzaga, visiting both schools last week with his father, via the report.

Miller was representing Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid since he was 12 years old. He won the prestigious Adidas Next Generation Tournament with the squad.

Miller spent most of this season with Real Madrid's B team in the EBA league, posting 11.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in 24 minutes per game.

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 due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

"There was a moment in my career that I did want to stay in Europe, but lately I decided 100% I wanted to go to the U.S. to get better, especially physically and technically," Miller said.

"Europe is a place to compete, not to develop. In the United States if you don't play you're going to develop in practice and individual sessions. That's something you don't usually do in Europe. It wasn't a very difficult decision for me."


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