By Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, email@example.com
A big week for Morgan State athletics reached a high water mark during the NFL Draft and on the college basketball sidelines. Offensive lineman Joshua Miles was drafted in seventh round by the Arizona Cardinals and Kevin Broadus was named new men’s basketball coach less than 72 hours later.
Miles was the only Bear selected in the 2019 NFL Draft, after being taken with the 248th overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals in the final round. While other players have been offered free agent invites to basically audition for a place on the team, Miles is the first Morgan player to be drafted since former tight end Visanthe Shiancoe was drafted in 2003 by the New York Giants.
His chances to make the roster could be greatly enhanced by the fact the Cardinals only drafted two offensive linemen as they try to rebuild their offense around Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray who they selected with the number one pick. He is regarded a project by most NFL analysts, but the potential appears to be immeasurable because of his size and athleticism.
Miles, a Baltimore native, played high school football at Western Tech and stayed home to play in college. At 6’5” 314 pounds he played left tackle at Morgan and was a third team all-MEAC selection as a senior. His stock rose after his performance during the East West Shrine Bowl practices, where he impressed coaches with his ability to grasp the NFL techniques quickly.
According to NFL Draft analyst Lance Zierlein, Miles is a “Developmental guard prospect with swing tackle potential, possessing elite traits and potentially coachable faults. Miles’ issues are plenty on tape, but they are unrelated to physical or athletic limitations.”
His measurables include: Good NFL size and great traits. He also has elite length with almost 36-inch arms and 11-inch hands and his frame should easily carry additional weight and muscle. However, he must develop as a pass blocker by improving footwork and balance and his hands have to be quicker to take advantage of his length.
Morgan Men’s Basketball
Athletic Director Ed Scott finally landed his man to steward the fortunes of the men’s basketball program by coming to terms with Maryland assistant Kevin Broadus to lead the program.
Broadus was in Florida on the recruiting trail last weekend for the Terps but negotiations were ongoing and “professional” as they apparently came to terms on a deal. He was in a very good position as an assistant in College Park, but was looking for an opportunity to lead a program again and Morgan was a perfect fit.
The Bears basketball program needed a shot in the arm after mediocrity on the floor and apathy from the fan base became an issue. However, their recruiting has taken the biggest hit locally, where some of the top AAU programs in the country play. Many coaches were steering their players away from Morgan and difference-making transfers were no longer making their way to the northeast Baltimore campus.
Broadus will have to hit the ground running to re-establish those ties and improve their talent base to make an immediate impact in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). Most recruiting analysts rate him amongst the nation’s best and that acumen has made an impact on Georgetown and Maryland.
He was instrumental in the recruiting of Washington Wizards forward Jeff Green who led them to the Final Four in 2012. Broadus also helped Maryland acquire guard Anthony Cowan and center Bruno Fernando, who led them to the second round of this year’s NCAA Tournament.
Broadus played one year at Grambling before a Hall of Fame career at Bowie State.