By Keosha Thomas
NASHVILLE, TN — Hercy Miller, making history for the Miller Family, recently announced he will join Coach Brian “Penny” Collins on the Tennessee State University (TSU) college men’s basketball team. He committed to HBCU Tennessee State University on March 26.
Growing up with a hip hop pioneer and serial entrepreneur father who raised his children to celebrate the Black community, Hercy’s reason for selecting an HBCU should not come as a surprise.
He is 6 feet 3 inches tall and made the decision after attending Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis where he was a star player. Miller is a tough, two-way guard who ranked as a three star recruit. His younger brother, Mercy, is a freshman on the varsity team.
In a recent interview he shared why he chose to attend TSU and pass on Vanderbilt, LSU, Missouri, UCLA, USC, and Western Kentucky.
Hercy said, “Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve been taught to be a leader and to not follow the crowd. I want to make a change. I want to make a difference,” Miller told ESPN. “I know with me, I can change the narrative. People think that you just need to go to a big school to become a pro or just to be great and that’s not true. A lot of great people came out of HBCUs [historically Black colleges and universities] and mid-majors; just they don’t have the same spotlight. So, with me, I just wanted to make a change. I wanted to be different.”
Master P is excited about his son’s big announcement and said, “This is at the top of the totem pole for me.”
Master P had an NBA career with the Charlotte Hornets and Toronto Raptors. Romeo Miller, Hercy’s older brother, played two seasons at USC.