Sam Miller showcases his game with East Coast Fusion

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Playing limited minutes during his sophomore season at Washington, D.C.’s Gonzaga College High School, Sam Miller made the most of his opportunities to impress collegiate coaches.

Benefiting from playing with other highly recruited players, most notably Villanova signee Kris Jenkins, Miller scored in double-figures in three straight games from January 2 to January 15 and began to receive interest from major Division I programs. Now, as the AAU and camp season begins to kick into high gear, the recruiters come to see him, and he continues to impress.

“Interest began to rise even when I was sitting on the bench,” Miller said, after dropping in a team-high 17 points for East Coast Fusion Lemcke (Md.) in an opening round loss to Maryland’s Finest at the Hoop Group Southern Jam Fest in Hampton, Virginia. “And then with my continued performance at open gyms, the calls to my coaches continued.”

Those calls brought with them offers from Penn State and American University along with high interest from schools such as Xavier and Virginia.

What inspired those schools to reach out to Miller was on display tonight.

The 215-pound forward was a force in the paint on both ends of the floor, grabbing rebounds and even blocking the occasional shot. And while that alone would help garner attention for a rising junior, Miller was also able to fill the basket.

On his way to scoring those 17 points Miller displayed a knack for finishing inside near the rim and even was able to spread the floor with his ability to nail three 3-pointers.

It was just another example of the type of play that should command a starting role for Miller during his junior season at Gonzaga.

“I’ve put in a lot of work to achieve that (a starting spot),” Miller said. “There’s still some competition and I have to keep my play high this summer as I go to team and individual camps, including those offered by Hoop Group.

“I’m also going to work with my trainer and several college players,” Miller continued. “I think it would be a disappointment if I didn’t start (because of how hard I’m working), but then again, it is only the start of junior year.”

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