The nephew of a former Arkansas hoops star with a national championship ring will be spending some extended time in Fayetteville this week.
Lee's Summit (MO) North power forward Tory Miller (6-8, 237) – whose uncle is former Razorback Clint McDaniel – will arrive Sunday and spend three or four days.
"Razorback fans are great and they love my uncle," Miller said. "It's crazy when I am with him down there and they recognize him. He never has to buy any food and they are always yelling out his name. I know they would love to have his nephew playing for them. We'll see how it goes."
Miller, who took in both Razorback football and basketball games last year, has offers from Arkansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Creighton and Colorado State – where Tim Miles was the head coach before taking the Nebraska job.
He's also getting interest from Georgetown, Memphis, Marquette and Illinois.
"I've known (Arkansas head) Coach (Mike) Anderson since about the seventh grade and I really like him," Miller said. "He's very excited about having me around for three or four days and showing off his program. Obviously it helps that I know him and my uncle can't say enough good things about him. I am really looking forward to being around him and the players again."
He'll also get a chance to be around Fayetteville High guard Manuale Watkins, the son of Arkansas assistant Melvin Watkins.
"He and I are good friends and use to be teammates on the same AAU team (Kansas City Run GMC)," Miller said. "We have stayed in touch since he moved to Arkansas, called each other monthly, really weekly."
Miller had gotten up to nearly 250 before deciding to go on a strict diet – one in which he lost over 10 pounds while having protein shakes, apples, grain, chicken, Rice and broccoli.
"I had to do it to become a better player, to be more versatile," Miller said. "It was tough, but it was worth it."
Miller will not let up while on the Arkansas campus.
"I guess you could say this is like a vacation in one of my favorite places, except for the fact that I will be working out hard," Miller said. "I've got to stay in shape. I am looking forward to working out and also playing some basketball with the guys."
Miller is still trying to refine his game.
"I think I am pretty good at everything, but the master of none," Miller said. "I just want to go out and be consistent every day in working to get better in all areas."
Miller says he does not have a set time on when he plans to commit and does plan to take official visits – including one to Arkansas.
He has already taken an unofficial one to Nebraska – where he went last Tuesday - and will soon be taking one to Creighton.
"I had a great visit to Nebraska," Miller said. "It's a great campus just like Arkansas', has a great coaching staff and I have a good relationship with Coach Miles from when he was at Colorado State."
McDaniel will be on the trip to Arkansas with Miller.
"Look, everybody knows he would love for me to be a Razorback, but he is not pushing me to do that," Millers said. "He just wants me to end up at the place that is right for me."
Miller Set To Visit Arkansas
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