July 4, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Florida State basketball standouts Ian Miller (Detroit Pistons) and Okaro White (Memphis Grizzlies) begin their professional careers while former Seminole Xavier Gibson (Los Angeles Lakers) continues his quest for a spot on an NBA roster during the month of July as all three will look to earn an invitation to an NBA training camp with their play in either the Orlando Pro Summer League (Miller and White) or the Samsung NBA Summer League (Gibson). Miller and White begin summer league play at the Amway Center Practice Court on July 5 while Gibson begins play at the Toyota Sports Center in Las Vegas on July 11.
Miller (Charlotte, N.C.) and White (Clearwater, Fla.) finished their careers as Seminoles in 2014 while Gibson completed his four-year career as a Seminole in 2012. All three players were members of the Seminoles' 2012 ACC Championship team and all three played in four consecutive post season tournaments during their collegiate careers. Miller and White helped lead Florida State to a 22-14 record and an appearance in the semifinals of the NIT in 2014 while Gibson played professionally in both Greece and Turkey since earning his degree from Florida State in 2012.
Miller and White begin play in the Orlando Pro Summer League on July 5. Miller and the Pistons will play the Houston Rockets' summer league team at 3:00 p.m. while White and the Grizzlies will play the Oklahoma City Thunder at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.
In a match-up of Seminoles, Miller and the Pistons will face White and the Grizzlies on Sunday, July 6 at 3:00 p.m.
"I am approaching this opportunity as a marathon and not a sprint," said Miller. "I have wanted to play in the NBA as long as a can remember and I am going to make the most of this opportunity."
Miller completed his Seminole career as one of the most accurate 3-point shooters in school history. He completed his four-year career ranked ninth in school history with 146 career 3-point field goals made, ninth in school history with 409 career 3-point field goals attempted and ranked 21st in school history with a career 3-point field goal shooting mark of .357. Miller is one of only nine players in school history to make 145 or more career 3-point shots and one of only nine Seminole players to attempt 400 or more 3-point shots. He averaged 1.4 made 3-point field goals finished his career ranked sixth in school history with a .806 free throw shooting percentage.
White, who earned his degree in social science from Florida State in May, set the all-time school record with 139 career games played.
"I am very happy to have the opportunity to play in the Orlando Summer League with the Memphis Grizzlies," said White. "It has been a great transition for me as I have been able to fit into the defensive mindset they have been successful with because I played for Coach Hamilton and his staff at Florida State where our main focus was defense."
White completed his Florida State career ranked among the Seminoles' top 25 career leaders in scoring (1,402 career points, tied for 16th in school history), rebounding (704, 14th), blocked shots (107, 10th), free throws made (401, fifth), free throws attempted (502, seventh), free throw percentage (.799, tied for seventh), field goals made (466, tied for 25th), games played (139, first) and game started (94, 10th). His durability allowed him to average 24.6 minutes played per game during his career in which he never missed playing in a single game. White was named to the 2014 All-ACC Defensive team by the league's 15 head coaches.
Gibson was a member of the winningest senior class in school history and one of only three players in school history who played in four NCAA Tournaments during his career. He helped lead the Seminoles to 95 overall wins, 43 regular season ACC wins, 48 overall ACC wins (regular season and ACC Tournament), the first ACC Championship in school history, the first two ACC Tournament Championship games in school history and to a school record four consecutive NCAA Tournaments. He completed his career as one of the top all-time shot blockers in school history and ranks 12th in school history in career blocked shots with 100.
All of the games in both summer leagues (Orlando and Las Vegas) will be televised on NBA TV with every game live on NBA.com and on the NBA Game Time app.
The 25-game, seven-day Orlando Summer League features the Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder and Philadelphia 76ers. Each team will play five games over the seven-day event, with a championship day being played on the final day of the league.
Coverage of the Samsung NBA Summer League will begin on July 11 with a four-game slate. NBA TV will televise all 67 games, including a total of 38 games live during the event, including the Championship Game on July 21. In addition, fans will again be able to watch, via a subscription-based package, every Samsung NBA Summer League game live at http://nba.com/summerleague and on the NBA Summer League app.