Master P’s son, stand-out basketball talent, Hercy Miller, committed to HBCU Tennessee State over other big name schools. The 6’3” guard declined offers from powerhouse D-1 programs LSU, UCLA, USC, and Vanderbilt. His decision could potentially mean a more difficult path to a future in basketball considering TSU’s size. However, Hercy Miller used that fleeting sentiment to fuel his choice. He did not want to follow the trend of playing on high-profile teams per his astringent values coinciding with those of HBCUs like Tennessee State.
Hercy Miller told ESPN, “Since I was a kid, I’ve been taught to lead, not follow. I want to bring change and make a difference. I believe I can change perceptions. Many think you have to attend a big school to succeed or become a pro, but that’s not true. HBCUs and mid-majors have produced many outstanding individuals, but they often don’t receive the same recognition. I simply wanted to be a catalyst for change and stand out.”
Rap heavyweight Master P briefly played hoops with the Charlotte Hornets and Toronto Raptors organizations in the late nineties. He is in full support of his son’s decision. He said, “Basketball saved our lives and passing that down, it taught us hard work, dedication, and commitment. I even apply those lessons in my business now.” It brings that family atmosphere for us…it’s like therapy for our family. When we’ve got something to get off our mind, we go on the court.”
Hercy Miller is a senior at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis, Minnesota.