February 4, 2023
Locked on Women’s Basketball: WNBA Draft profile: Diamond Miller
Hunter and Em discuss Diamond Miller's profile at Maryland — defense and a projected lottery pick in the 2023 WNBA Draft
The latest episode of Locked on Women’s Basketball features host Hunter Cruse and co-host Em Adler joining for a detailed scouting report on Maryland’s Diamond Miller, a projected lottery pick in the 2023 WNBA Draft.
Em talks about Diamond Miller’s career at Maryland:
“The biggest one that needs to be said is she’s not a player who’s been healthy the entire time. So we had a good freshman year, a real breakout sophomore. And then last year was spent kind of on and off the court. She missed a lot of the early season with a knee injury. And it was clear for most of the season after she returned that she wasn’t entirely herself.
Now that being said, she’s always had a pretty good statistical profile. She has been one of the best defensive playmakers in the country. Every year her steal rates from block rates are super high and even as her foul rate didn’t start great, but it’s especially a little poor this year. So her fouling efficiency has been excellent as well. She has gotten to the line much more often and efficiently as this year has gone on; she functionally leads the country in free throw attempts per (40). She’s in the top five and both free throws makes and attempts per game while only playing about 27 and a half minutes per game this year.”
Em talks about Diamond Miller’s defensive prospect and what it could look like at the pro level:
“The generous way I can refer to it is raw. We have talked about her science for length or athleticism so far. One thing I didn’t touch on and this will loop back into the defense. One thing I didn’t touch on in terms of offense is I think one of the reasons she is typically a lot better of a finisher than she might look as a driver when you’re just watching the film is because I think she’s one of those players like Luka Dončić on the men’s side, who their first step isn’t the greatest in the world.
But their last step when they’re finishing is really strong. It’s really impressive to be able to pay that off. Well, to me, the flip side of that, though, is you want to have a good first step on defense. Defense It doesn’t really matter what your last step is because you’re responding to the offensive player. The first step you got to have that align. And that’s one of my biggest problems with her defensively.”
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