Thursday, October 1, 2009

Class of 2010 Intro: K.C. Ross-Miller

Although K.C. Ross-Miller is not as highly regarded as some of the other top point guards in the class of 2010, his father and coach will put him up against anyone.

“He’s not showing any weaknesses right now,” Tim Miller said. “He’s showing about everything you can do.”

As a result, it’s not surprising to see Ross-Miller’s school list include upwards of more than 20 schools.

According to his father, the following schools are recruiting Ross-Miller: Baylor, Oklahoma State, Nevada,MarquetteGeorgetown, East Carolina, Texas A&M, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Florida State, Arizona State, Washington State, California, Virginia Tech, Virginia, SMU, TCU, Oral Roberts, North Texas and The Citadel.

One school that was interestingly left off the list was South Florida. The Bulls, once thought to be one of the favorites for Ross-Miller, are no longer in the running for his services.

“They’re not on the list anymore,” Miller said. “We just didn’t feel like it was the right place for us.”

Ross-Miller is taking his time with his recruitment, though, as he has no scheduled official or unofficial visits. His father said the only school they have seen so far is Baylor.

“He’s wide open. Wide, wide open,” Miller said. “He won’t shave [his list] down until about January, then we’ll slowly start working the process down. It’s different with us than some of these kids.

I’m just letting him enjoy his preseason. He took his test, he got a passing score.”

Although Ross-Miller is from Texas, that doesn’t mean he is not receiving considerable Big East interest fromMarquette and Georgetown.

“Big East people are gonna say he reminds them of Jonny Flynn,” Miller said. “People I talk to in the Big East say that all the time. He can create his own shot, but also get his teammates their own shot. He can attack the basket, draw fouls or score.”

Marquette head coach Buzz Williams has had recruiting success in Texas, and is hoping to continue that with Ross-Miller.

“They’re perfect for him because they let their guards go,” Miller said. “Anybody that lets their guards go fits K.C.’s mold.”

As for Georgetown, Miller said that the Hoyas’ past success makes it impossible for Ross-Miller not to look at them.

“They’re a traditional school, one of them that has been good in basketball for years,” Miller said. “They run the Princeton offense, but they also need somebody who can take people off the dribble.”

Once Ross-Miller starts taking his visits and checking out schools, he has a long list of criteria that he wants the school to fit.

“They have to have good academics,” Miller said. “It has to be somewhere that he can come in and make an impact, and somewhere that can deliver players to the next level. It has to be a place where they love their basketball. Also, he has to have a good relationship with the coach.”

He did add that Ross-Miller probably wouldn’t decide until February or March because they want to be able to see teams play so they can judge their point guard situation for next season.

The 6-1 God’s Academy (Tex.) product who plays his AAU ball with Brandon Bass Elite has been playing well during his preparation for his senior season. In a showcase last weekend, Ross-Miller had an excellent performance, scoring 28, 40-plus and 30-plus in a three-game span. He also picked up eight assists and three steals.

“He had a monster weekend,” Miller said. “He can defend, he can handle the ball real good. He is showing mid-range and can also shoot the three. He can also draw fouls day long when getting to the basket.”

When asked for his son’s biggest weakness, Miller said that he can maybe become a little more explosive so he can dunk on people, but that he is “starting to do that too.”

With plenty of time left in the recruiting process for Ross-Miller, his father just wants him to enjoy the ending to his high school career and not worry about picking a school yet.

“I want him to become more of leader, show a lot of leadership,” Miller said. “But I want him to have fun in his senior year, enjoy it. Last year, we won a couple of championships. This year, do the same – just at a higher level.” 

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