2005 Focus: Calvin Miles

Have you heard of Calvin "C.J." Miles? If not, you're not alone. He didn't play much on the summer circuit, but he's quickly becoming the hottest name among college coaches in a sub-par junior class yearning for big-time players.

There's no question that the junior class doesn't stack up nearly as well as most. However, there are always players that turn up basically from out of nowhere and the latest is Calvin Miles.

Miles, who goes by "C.J." to everyone other than his parents and high school coach, hails from the same school that produced Larry Johnson nearly two decades ago – Dallas Skyline.

``They will know about him soon," Skyline long-time coach JD Mayo said. "It's just like Larry. Not a lot of people knew about him until late."

The 6-6, 210-pound Miles is a versatile wing who had always played point guard until a growth spurt forced him to play on the interior for a high school that doesn't have much size.

Miles barely played in the summer, choosing instead to focus on improving his individual skills in the gym. It's obviously worked with the big-timers like Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Kansas, Baylor and Texas A&M all already putting forth scholarship offers.

But this summer, when he plays with Team Texas, the Dallas area scoring leader will get a chance to show people whether or not he's a legitimate McDonald's All-American candidate.

``There's no doubt he's definitely a Top 25 kid in the country," said one high-major Division 1 assistant coach. "He's long, can score and can also handle it. He's really smooth."

``I think he might be a little lower than Top 25," said another. "But not much. He's pretty good, has deep range and sees the floor well. He's played some point guard for his high school team and in the summer, but he can also play off the ball at the two or the three."

Miles, 16, still knows he needs to step up his defensive play so that he's able to keep up with quicker guards. He'll also need to get stronger before he can keep up the same type of play at the next level.

``He's still got things to work on, but there's no question he's one of the top players in the nation," Mayo said. "A coach from Alabama told me he's one of the top three in the country."

The jury is still out on that, but he has already received an invite to the Nike All-American Camp.

Miles, who also excels in the classroom, said that his top six schools as of now are Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arizona, Georgia Tech and Illinois. He also mentioned that UConn has begun to get involved recently.

``The two main things for me will be playing time and the relationship with the coach and how they treat me," Miles said.

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