Aggies sign top Canadian prospect
In spite of the vast attrition that Aggie basketball has endured over the last three weeks, there’s tons of optimism surrounding the ailing program. With a new head coach in Buzz Williams running the show, the Maroon and White are taking things in stride; using a ‘reload’ approach rather than a ‘rebuild’.
Since Williams took the reins, the Aggies have completely retooled their roster, signing four players on the recruiting trail and aggressively probing through the grad transfer market. As we here at the Other 98 have stated before, Williams’ system is predicated on developing a roster full of OKG’s - ‘Our Kinda Guys’ - who are equipped with length, athleticism, and the ability to put the ball on the deck and break down defenses.
Despite losing another player to the transfer portal yesterday afternoon, Buzz and company responded by adding another OKG to the mix in Canadian swingman Emanuel Miller.
Miller, a four-star/top 150 rated prospect according to Rivals.com, checks all the boxes for Williams and the Aggies. Originally a Virginia Tech signee who was granted a release after Williams’ departure from Blacksburg, Miller is a 6’7 slasher who had flashes of dominance during his time with the Canadian national team. A proven facilitator with a long wingspan and a strong handle, he’ll provide the Aggies a unique skill set that should thrive in Buzz’s ‘Grit and Go’ philosophy.
Although Miller’s ceiling is very high, he is not a finished product just yet. He has a fluid jumper and his mechanics are solid, however, he’ll need to find some consistency from behind the arc before that’s labeled as a strength in his game. Until then, Miller will make his living breaking down the defense and finding cutting teammates or knocking down floaters from five feet out.
A member of the 2019 class, Miller will join fellow Canadian Cashius McNeilly, who committed last month, on the roster next season.
The pair of Northerners are not the only players of foreign nationality to have donned the Maroon and White in recent years. Antanas Kavaliauskas (Lithuania, class of ‘07), Dylan Johns (England, ‘13-’15), Tonny Trocha (Columbia, Class of ‘17), and Eric Vila (Spain, ‘16-’17) all hailed from countries across the globe and found different degrees of success in College Station.
With three transfers and two graduating seniors no longer on the roster, the Aggies’ lineup is slated to look significantly different than the group that took the floor last season. Now with five new signees, a new head coach, and a reenergized fanbase, they’re hoping for significantly different results.