A member of the All-Big West first team, Miles Norris had a successful college career at UC Santa Barbara after transferring from Oregon. As a 5th year senior, Norris averaged 14.1 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 1.2 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.8 BPG, and 1.1 TOPG on splits of 49/39/84, Below is his full scouting report:
Name: Miles Norris
Wingspan/ standing reach: 7’3 (unofficial); N/A
Hand size: N/A
Pre-Draft team: UC Santa Barbara
Tools: Shooting, size
- Excellent shooter, particularly from standstill
- Has good, deep NBA range on his jumper
- Long arms and good frame
- Good finisher at the rim
- Good rebounder
- Good character intel
- A bit stiff defensively; relies on size too much to carry him on some possessions
- Can be a liability in isolation/on switches vs guards
- Simple handle; needs to add at least one quick dribble move
- Limiting negative defense
Miles Norris is a high-level shooter with great size at 6’10, ranking in the 84th percentile of catch & shoot efficiency.
While most of the damage Norris will be doing comes from jump shooting, there are areas of his jump shooting that need to be dissected. He is primarily a standstill shooter with deep range, but his lack of extreme off-ball movement makes him a bit easier to guard in the NBA, unless teams trap and leave his spot open. Many of his shots came off of left assignments, flare screens, and pick & pop jumpers, which will be a different formula for what he will create shots at the next level. If he can add being a movement shooter to his arsenal, this will make him more of a threat than he currently is, as he faces a bit of an uphill battle as a shooter from the Big West, which is a low major conference.
Away from shooting, Norris is limited with the ball in his hands as a creator, and will need to develop at least one move to take advantage of defenders in spot-up situations by getting his man out of position. Defensively, Norris is a bit stiff, and doesn’t always get in proper stance. If he can commit to being a strong off-ball defender that rotates correctly and quickly, he can save his on-ball liabilities by being a good team defender.
Overall, with good finishing ability at the rim and high-level shooting, Miles Norris could head to the G League for a year and develop his game to smoothen out some wrinkles and master his strengths before auditioning for a final guaranteed roster spot in the coming years. If he can maximize his height/jump shooting combination, he could serve as quality depth for both shooting and an off-ball forward on the depth chart.
Similar to: Patrick Baldwin Jr, Mike Dunleavy, Dean Wade
Projected draft range: 50-undrafted
Expected role: Pure shooter
Unplayable if: Lack of secondary skills away from jump shooting limits him from sticking on the floor, and defensive liability makes him played off easily.
Exceeds expectations if: Jump shot translates at a high level and he adds a quality second skill to hang his hat on when his shot isn’t falling.
Miscellaneous Synergy Stats:
Guarded catch & shoot 3s: 29-63 (46%; 94th percentile)