Miller makes strong impression

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sam Miller, a junior at Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga College, is off to a strong start this season. He played well Friday night and proved the recent upgrade in his recruitment is warranted.

While Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga wasn't able to pull out a win in the first round of the Gonzaga Classic on Friday, 6-foot-7 junior big man Sam Miller had a strong outing for the Eagles.

After a so-so first half, Miller was aggressive, showed off his impressive offensive skills and rebounded his area in the second session. Miller has a consistent looking mid-range jump shot and even stepped out and hit a three against Lafayette.

This time last year Miller was barely in Gonzaga's rotation. Now his game is developing and he is beginning to establish himself as a high major recruit.

"I think that has come with the fact that I'm in the rotation now," Miller said about his recent play. "I had that offensive ability. It was just a matter of confidence."

"I'm an inside, outside player," he added. "I can stretch the defense. I can shoot the three. I have moves in the post and I have a perimeter game too."

Miller currently has scholarship offers from Penn State, American, Princeton, Columbia, Monmouth, Siena, Rutgers and Loyola Marymount.

"It's going good," he said of his recruitment. "I have a lot of mid-major looks, but a solid amount of high major looks too."

"The other day I got a call from Michigan and Creighton and then Virginia, Notre Dame and Boston College."

Thus far Miller has taken unofficial visits to Penn State and Virginia.

"That was awesome," he said about this trip to Penn State. "We got to go on the field before the football game. It was really cool."

"That was real kind of chill," he said about his trip to UVa. "Nobody was on campus. It was during the summer, but it was cool."

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