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“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

-Colossians 3:12

 

A star for West Virginia and heralded for his ball handling, shot creation, passing, and defense, Miles McBride’s skills on the court impressed scouts and led to him being selected in the 2nd round of the 2021 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. Nicknamed “Deuce”, McBride has become a fan favorite as he was Named to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team his freshman year before becoming a star during his sophomore season. As McBride’s skills on the court are evident, it is his heart and faith that have led him to where he is today.

The son of 2 athletic parents, his dad a basketball player at Xavier and his mom a tennis player at Ohio State, McBride had been around sports throughout the course of his life. He was a quarterback in high school too before he would go on to focus on basketball. Growing up, Miles says his parents made it a priority for faith to be in their kids’ lives.

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Miles says, “I went to religious schools my whole life as did my siblings and I think my parents understood that being around the faith and going to these schools would add a lot of value to my life as I grew up.” As Miles grew older and began receiving offers, his parents encouraged him to keep a humble mindset and always put faith and family first.

A star not only on the court but in the classroom too at West Virginia, Miles McBride is admired by so many for his mindset throughout life. Miles says his faith serves as a support system and a reminder of why he plays the game.

“I believe God gave me my gifts on the court and so me working my hardest and doing my best is my gift back to God.” Miles says he sees God working everywhere throughout his life and is grateful for all the opportunities he has been given, both on and off the court.

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“I think God has a place everywhere in my life and basketball. I just try to keep faith that God’s plan will always be greater than mine.” While McBride gears for the upcoming season and his first taste of the NBA, he says he is focused on staying focused on the goal and doing his job whenever his name gets called on.

“Just being able to stay even minded knowing that everything happens for a reason and to thank God for putting me in the position I am in and trusting his plan.” Wherever that plan leads him, Miles says he is focused on using his gifts to give back and inspire others to go after their dreams too and always work hard. As he continues to adapt and make the adjustment to the NBA, he has been strengthened throughout the process with a mindset that is focused on humility and impacting others.

Entering the season with lofty expectations and an excited fanbase, the New York Knicks will set out after their tall task of another playoff season after their standout 2020-21 campaign. A team built on defense, McBride looks to contribute in whatever way he can. As he waits to make his NBA debut, he is guided by those who have supported him and looking forward to the chance to inspire anyone watching.

 



Ethan Kruse

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