3 Reasons Dallas Mavericks fans should love Mike Miles Jr.

Dallas Mavericks fans should all love rookie Mike Miles Jr., and here are three reasons why.
Dallas Mavericks, Mike Miles Jr., Summer League
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After signing a two-way contract with the Dallas Mavericks on July 18, Mike Miles Jr. had a solid Summer League stint. Despite how guard-heavy the Mavericks roster is heading into training camp, Miles Jr. has an opportunity to carve a role out for himself as a reserve if the Mavericks bare any injuries throughout the season or wish to consolidate one of their other guards in a trade.

Miles Jr. will likely be competing with Jordan "Jelly" Walker (who also had a strong Summer League) for the Mavericks "emergency guard" spot. That being said, he could elevate himself into a role player if he continues to develop and get better with the Texas Legends and Mavs this next season.

Here are three reasons why Miles Jr. will become a fan-favorite for Legends and Mavericks fans.

1. A homegrown product

Miles Jr. was born in Atlanta, Texas, about two and a half hours away from the Dallas area. However, he attended Lancaster High School, only 20 minutes outside of Dallas, and played on the famed Texas Titans, one of the premier AAU squads in Texas that competes in the Nike EYBL circuit.

The 20-year-old maintained his focus despite being in the spotlight at such a young age. He was named Class 5A Player of the Year in Texas, as well as the Dallas Morning News' SportDayHS All-Area Player of the Year.

Miles Jr. started on varsity throughout all four years of high school, and if it weren't for the cancellation of the 2020 5A high school state basketball tournament, he may of very well lead the 36-1 Lancaster Tigers to a state championship.

The point guard was ranked a four-star-ranked recruit by Rivals.com and had his fair share of schools to pick from heading into college, as he was one of the most highly-touted high school basketball players in the DFW area.

Despite offers from programs with better track records, such as LSU, Oklahoma State, and Oregon, Miles Jr. chose to attend school right down the street at TCU.