The Dallas Mavericks had a spectacular draft night as they drafted Dereck Lively II with the No. 12 pick and Olivier-Maxence Prosper with the No. 24 pick. They also traded for Richaun Holmes and their roster seemed like it was coming together. But one player that the Mavericks signed came after the draft was over.
Coming off three successful seasons at nearby Texas Christian University, Mike Miles Jr. was disappointed to not hear his name called during the NBA Draft. However, as soon as the draft came to an end, the Mavs gave Miles a call to sign him to a two-way contract.
During an interview with Free4All, Miles Jr. said, "about an hour before the draft I kind of had a feeling that's probably where it would be," when asked if he knew he'd be going to the Mavericks.
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He also said "being with the home team made it all better" after going undrafted. Miles Jr. then added "all the disappointment went away" as soon as he knew he would be staying in Dallas.
Miles Jr. has deep Dallas-Fort Worth ties. He grew up in the Dallas suburb of Lancaster. At 10 years old, he played alongside Jerry Jones' grandson and still keeps in touch with Charlotte Jones, Jerry Jones's daughter, who oversees the Dallas Cowboys' business operations. Miles Jr. brought home a 5A State Championship in 2020 before enrolling at TCU.
In his three seasons at TCU, Miles Jr. and the program improved every season. As a freshman, TCU finished 12-14, and Miles Jr. averaged 13.6 points per game. In his sophomore season, the team's record improved to 21-13, and Miles Jr. led TCU to the second round of the tournament, narrowly losing to Arizona. In his Junior season, Miles Jr. led TCU to a 22-13 record and averaged 17.9 points per game.
To catch Miles Jr. and the other rookies in action, tune into the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. The Mavs' first game is July 8th against the Thunder at 2:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2.