Mike Miles Returns to TCU: 2023 NBA Draft Outlook


Mike Miles has opted to return to TCU for his junior season, which creates major waves in the Big 12. TCU now brings back almost all of the same team that barely missed out on the Sweet 16, and could see at least one addition in the transfer portal.

While the Horned Frogs lost Francisco Farabello to the transfer portal, costing them shooting, they could see that loss reduced if Mike Miles’ shooting numbers increase. If the Horned Frogs can get Kendric Davis or Adam Miller, two premier names in the transfer portal, they can quickly replace and improve Farabello’s roster spot at guard.

Kendric Davis, the American Athletic Conference Player of the Year, could return to TCU for a 5th senior, which would be a homecoming after being in Fort Worth in 2018-19. However, Davis is a hot commodity, and could be going elsewhere in the transfer portal, as he is gaining lots of traction among many other schools too.

Adam Miller is also linked to the Horned Frogs, per Drew Davison (source)

Adam Miller is a former top 30 recruit that tore his ACL and sat out this last season. With Will Wade’s firing, almost all of LSU is transferring out of Baton Rouge. Miller doesn’t have a major college record from his time at Illinois, but his skill as a lead guard could take pressure off of Miles as a ball handler, and allow for Miles to play a bit more to his strengths as a shooter and off-ball threat.

The Horned Frogs would go further in the NCAA Tournament and be a likely top 25 team if they return the same team with either Davis or Miller as an addition to the team. In addition to this, if Mike Miles ups his field goal percentage and 3 point percentage to ~45% and 35%, respectively, the Horned Frogs’ upside is among the best in the Big 12.

The transfer portal will be key to TCU, as this is still the early stages of the consistently large pool of talent in the portal.