Another Student-Athlete Chooses HBCU Over PWI

Another Student-Athlete Chooses HBCU Over PWI

04.01.21
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04.01.21

Hercy Miller, the son of hip-hop mogul Percy “Master P” Miller, will be taking his basketball skills to Tennessee State University.

The 19-year-old is currently a senior guard at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis. He fielded offers from Vanderbilt, LSU, UCLA, USC, Missouri, South Carolina, Arizona, Georgetown and several other larger, Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) before deciding to join the HBCUs roster.

“I want to make a difference. I have big dreams to change the world and I want to change the narrative. People only believe that only major universities create pros but … HBCUs have created a bunch of pros. They just aren’t in the same spotlight. With me going to Tennessee State University, I will change that. And I will put a spotlight on for all the HBCUs around,” Miller said on Instagram

Many successful people have attended historically Black colleges and universities including Kamala Harris, Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee, Stephen A. Smith, Robert Covington, Samuel L. Jackson and Common, he said. 

He is one of many high school athletes who chose an HBCU over a PWI. 

Five-star basketball recruit Makur Maker announced last year that he was committing to Howard University over Kentucky and UCLA. Another player, Mikey Williams, is considering five HBCUs.

“At the end of the day, this wasn’t an easy road. A lot of people didn’t believe in me at first, but my hard work and dedication got me where I am today. That being said, I’m not going to stop working hard at getting better. I’ll be attending Tennessee State University. I’m not only going to be a student-athlete, but I want to be part of the community. Roar City, it’s going up,” Miller said.

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