2005 Focus: Chad Millard

Chad Millard, a junior forward out of New Hampshire – yeah, we said New Hampshire – has been receiving all kinds of attention lately. He looks to be the state's top prospect since Matt Bonner.

Two major college head coaches have already been up to Manchester (NH) Trinity High to check on 2005 small forward Chad Millard (pronounced Mill-erd). When you're 6-9 and have a deft touch from the outside, you'd better expect the attention.

For the next year, college coaches are going to wear out a path to New Hampshire. Are there really players in the Granite State? You better believe it and this young man thinks playing up north has its advantages.

"I would look at [playing in N.H.] as an advantage because in New Hampshire you don't have a lot of distractions," Millard said. "You can be good from anywhere if you work hard."

Last season, he averaged 17 points and 6 rebounds. The summer didn't start exactly the way he wanted it to at the Nike Hoop Jamboree but he got on track in July. "[The Hoop Jamboree] was the first time I've been to something like that. It's really like a selfish fest and that's not game. I kind of struggled a little bit.

"Once I got back home and saw what was out there and who was in my class, I started working on my handle so I could be good with my guys. In Vegas, everything went in the right place and I played pretty good."

Good enough that Missouri's Quin Snyder and Nebraska's Barry Collier came to see him play. Assistant coaches from Illinois, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Florida, North Carolina State and Boston College came. Syracuse was scheduled to come but was a last minute scratch.

In October, Millard took an unofficial visit to Missouri. He's already been to UConn, Providence and Boston College.

"[The Missouri visit] was real good," Millard said. "I met Tyler Hansbrough at the Hoop Jamboree but he was down there too. It was a good experience to see the coaches."

Unofficial visits mean prospects have to pay their own way and that means Millard likely won't be taking too many more of distance. "They're pretty expensive and most of the schools that are looking at me are far away."

Juniors can begin taking official visits after January and Millard expects to take advantage of that rule. "Once I can take my official visits and see the schools, I don't know what is going to stop me from signing. I'd decide know if I could see the other schools but I'm not going to make my decision on only knowing one place."

Sounds like Millard could be one of those kids who decides before next summer.

"Right now my main thing is that I want to focus on winning a state championship. I want to become a McDonald's All-American."

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