Miller has impressive spring

KC Run GMC big man Tory Miller opened up eyes with his play this spring.

The pool of quality big men is not deep in the class of 2013, but some are starting to emerge. One of those players stepping up his game this spring has been Tory Miller. The 6-foot-8 power forward has improved quite a bit from last year, and now the Lee's Summit (Mo.) North product is pulling in high-major offers.

For Miller the natural ability has never been in question. He has always had the size, athleticism, and strength to be a factor down low. Now he is putting it all together.

"The spring went great," said Miller. "I got a handful of offers. A lot of coaches were only able to see me once, and that tells me I was doing a lot right for them to offer me."

He continued, "I am just going harder on the floor this year. Last year I am not going to say I wasn't playing hard, but I realized by watching other guys who are older in college and in pro ball that I have to play hard and step up my intensity. I feel I have taken my intensity to a new level."

When it comes to his recruitment, numerous schools in his area have really picked up the interest in him.

"Minnesota definitely, Nebraska, Creighton, Colorado, Missouri, Colorado State, all of them are really stepping it up," said Miller.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers have definitely made sure to make Miller feel as though he is a top priority.

"They have offered me and it has been great to hear from Coach (Tubby) Smith," said Miller. "He will send me two or three letters a week, and I talk to him a lot. It is great to have Tubby Smith calling you and writing you letters so I feel blessed."

Also Nebraska Head Coach Tim Miles has a long standing relationship with Miller, and he is trying to translate that into a commitment for the Cornhuskers.

"Colorado State was one of my first offers," said Miller. "Coach Miles offered me there and then he came to Nebraska and offered me. I have a high interest in them and they have a high interest in me. Coach Miles and I have a close relationship."

For now Miller has no intention of making a quick decision, but he is paying attention to numerous factors when he talks to coaches and watches games.

"I look to see how they utilize their big guys, and I how I think they are going to use me," said Miller. "Do they work inside out or outside in, just the sets, the plays, the calls, everything. Also I look to see if they are having fun or not. Some teams play and they don't have fun, others are just real cohesive out there and are having fun playing basketball. That is something I pay attention to."

Miller is rated as a three-star prospect and the No. 28 PF in the country.

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