Miles Norris entered his sophomore season as Scout’s 13th ranked 2018 prospect and this weekend in Phoenix at the Duel in the Desert he did nothing to disprove his projection as a high major prospect.
The 6-foot-8, 190-pound power forward from Chula Vista (Calif.) Mater Dei has wide shoulders, long arms and a terrific feel as a shot blocker and rebounder.
Norris has improved offensively, as he now has a drop step/right hand hook combination and a smooth looking jumper, which he utilized from midrange and three.
Despite the continued progression, Norris is pushing himself to get better.
“I need to work on everything and I’m trying to get better every day,” Norris said. “I need to improve at being loud, being a leader, posting up stronger, rebounding and playing defense.”
Ryan Silver, Norris’ AAU coach with Earl Watson Elite, listed Cal, Oregon and Washington as those three programs and broke down what Norris likes about each of them.
California: “Cuonzo Martin is a player’s coach and does a phenomenal job. The kids love him. Yanni (Hufnagel) is relentless and has done a great job with Miles.”
Oregon: “Dana Altman is one of the best coaches in the country. Coach (Kevin) McKenna is a seasoned veteran who has done a really nice job with Miles, whose mom played at Oregon.”
Washington: “Lorenzo Romar has put more guys in the NBA than any Pac-12 coach. Will Conroy from Washington is young and aggressive and has put in a lot of work with Miles.”
According to Silver, player development will play a big role in Norris decision.
“He wants to go to a place he can relate to the coaches, develop and get better,” Silver said. “He wants to feel comfortable with the coaching staff and achieve his dreams of playing at the highest level possible.”