Jo'Vontae Millner

(Hugh M. Cummings ' Burlington, NC)


HEIGHT and WEIGHT:'6'6' 200lbs

HIGH SCHOOL TEAM:'Hugh M. Cummings (Burlington, NC)




Last season, our Phenom Hoop Report team traveled to Kinston, North Carolina for the 3rd round of the NCHSAA State Tournament between the Cummings Cavaliers and the Vikings of Kinston High School. The atmosphere was unlike any other. The stands were packed, the fans were rowdy, and ESPN Top 100 standout Brandon Ingram was about to play in his final home game of his historic high school career. Going into the matchup, we didn't necessarily know what to expect. We knew that both teams could compete, and that KHS might have been the better team on paper, but we wanted to watch a little more before making any early assumptions. Right from the start, one player in particular caught our attention: Jo'Vontae Millner.

Jo'Vontae Millner is one of the most talented young prospects in North Carolina's class of 2016. The second this hoss stepped foot on the floor that night, we immediately knew he came to Kinston to make his name known. Throughout the course of the matchup, Millner put his extraordinary skillset on full display. He was confident, efficient, and beyond impressive on both sides of the floor. Although Cummings fell a tad bit short when the clock finally hit zero, Millner showed tremendous signs of potential. He finished with a team-high 19 points and 9 rebounds in the loss, proving to us that he definitely has what it takes to compete with the big boys. We knew we had to keep a close eye on this kid heading into the offseason.

Flash-forward to our North Carolina Top 80 Camp last March. The Tar Heel States' 80 best under one roof battling for additional exposure from the large abundance of scouts in attendance before heading into the AAU spring period. Sporting a new hairstyle, the 6'6' junior entered Proehlific Park early that morning on a mission. Whether it was the pre-camp station drills, or the intense 5-on-5 play, Millner continuously gave 110% throughout the afternoon, giving him a slight advantage against the opposing competition. The Burlington product carried that momentum from camp into AAU play, posting several double-double performances throughout the course of the summer for his Brand X squad. Millner received interest from wide-variety of D1 programs, but headed into his senior season with only one offer from Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Millner is extremely talented, dedicated, and passionate about the game of basketball, but what separates him from the rest of the pack' Offensively, this kid is horse. He has limitless range, solid ball handling skills, and an insanely gifted basketball IQ that allows him to take control at any given moment. Millner is a scrappy, tough wing that plays with an intense amount of offensive energy, making him a threat whenever he touches the ball. Whenever his team needs a big time play, you can expect this hoss to be there to deliver. Defensively, Millner is just as stellar. His long frame and freakish athleticism allows him to virtually guard every position on the floor. He plays tight, lockdown defense, making him an opponent's nightmare around the perimeter. Millner's also a sensational rebounder, putting the icing on the cake. Who wouldn't want to take a chance on a kid like this'

This hoss has an unreal amount of potential. Millner is the type of player that all coaches dream of having on their roster. He has unreal determination, a team leader mindset, and a work ethic unlike any other. His sole purpose is to make players around him better, and have a little fun in the process. With the NCHSAA playoffs starting this week, people can expect Millner and his Cummings' squad to make some serious noise throughout the state. We're beyond excited to see what the future has in store for this stud.

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