Twin brother of Kings’ lottery pick headlines Atlanta Hawks’ workout

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Mike Miles Jr.| G | TCU
6-foot-1 | 198 lbs

TCU guard Mike Miles Jr. is listed at the same height as Hawks star Trae Young and, despite being listed at nearly 30 more pounds, he faces many of the same defensive questions. That did not stop him from averaging 17.9 points and 1.2 steals while knocking down 36.2% of his triples – all career-highs – adding 2.7 assists and 2.7 boards.

Miles had an even stronger postseason averaging 21.8 points on 64.6% true shooting in the Big 12 and NCAA Tournaments. What is arguably even more encouraging is that he shot 50% from long distance.

A 2023 All-Big 12 second-teamer, Miles is a potential second-round pick, and he is not the last of the decorated prospects at the Hawks’ facility on Friday.

They also hosted Belmont guard Ben Sheppard.

Ben Sheppard | G | Belmont
6-foot-6 | 185 lbs

An Atlanta native, Ben Sheppard was a 2023 All-MVC choice after averaging 18.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.9 assists while shooting 47.5% from the floor and 41.5% from three-point range this past season. ESPN’s mock projects the 6-foot-6 Miles to land with the division rival Orlando Magic who hold the No. 36 overall pick.

That could be an incentive for Atlanta to package their two seconds and/or more to jump up.

They currently have veteran sixth man Bogdan Bogdanovic under contract through the 2027 season. And while he could create some redundancy with Griffin, there might not be a better tutor for Sheppard than the 30-year-old Bogdanovic.