Miller's Magic

Current NBA star and former John Pelphrey recruit Mike Miller is sponsoring an AAU team that is playing in Las Vegas this week and has UA point guard commit Terrance Joyner (6-1, 180) and potentially another Razorback in shooting guard Terrico White (6-5, 195) on its roster.

LAS VEGAS - Minutes after pouring in 22 points in a star-studded USA Basketball exhibition game game Sunday night, NBA player Mike Miller was busy motivating.

He was not happy that the M33M Magic – the AAU basketball team he sponsors – had gotten off to a slow start and ended up losing its opening round pool game of the Adidas Super 64 Tournament.

In the big scheme of things he is just trying to help, something the current Memphis Grizzly also plans to do for his former Florida assistant and current University of Arkansas coach John Pelphrey.

"That's my man right there," Miller said of Pelphrey, who recruited him out of South Dakota for the Gators. "Take care of him up there. He's going to win big."

The M33M squad responded on Monday night but lost a pair of games at the buzzer. They still move into championship bracket play Tuesday.

Arkansas and Pelphrey already have one commitment from the M33M Magic in Genesis One point guard Terrance Joyner (6-1, 180).

They may end up getting a second M33M product in Memphis Craigmont shooting guard Terrico White (6-5, 195).

Joyner had 11 points, 7 assists and 4 steals Sunday night in his team's opening game – a loss in which M33M fell down to much early.

He had 15 points in each of the losses on Monday.

"We didn't play good enough defense, but I just tried to give my heart and go all out on the court," Joyner said. "That's how I try to play all the time."

Joyner committed to Arkansas over New Mexico State, Oregon State, Washington State and was also getting significant interest from Missouri, LSU, Tennessee, USC and Florida State.

The California native did so within a few hours of arriving in Fayetteville on an unofficlal visit.

"It's been a few weeks and I am still very excited about it," Joyner said. "I think I will get a chance to play right away for Coach Pelphrey and I can't wait to get down to Arkansas."

There has been some speculation that Joyner might have trouble qualifying, but he denies that will be the case.

"I am going to be alright," Joyner said. "I just need to have a good year in school, take a few classes and I will be just fine. I will be in Arkansas by '08."

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