Valpo's NCAA History Helps With New Recruit

Valparaiso isn't kidding around with the Class of 2003. On Monday, Homer Drew received his third "known" commitment from a member of the Class of 2003. Now, the newest recruit says the Crusaders already have their five for next season.

Valpo Holding Five Commitments?

Valparaiso is steadily running out of scholarships and it's only March. On Monday, Homer Drew's Crusaders received a commitment from Homewood (IL) Homewood Christian point guard Jimmy Miles.

"Actually, I liked the school a lot and I just went on ahead and committed," the 6-2 Miles said.

Miles said that as a junior, he averaged 23 points a game. He'll play this summer with Mac Irvin's powerful Illinois Fire.

Miles had some interesting things to say about Valpo. In fact, he thinks his new team now holds commitments from two other players, in addition to himself, small forward Oumar Sylla and center Ken Harris.

"I was the fifth person to commit there," Miles said. He believes there is a young man from Africa (Miles could only remember his name was "Mousa") and another player whom he couldn't recall.

Valparaiso has had quite a run of success in its league and the NCAA Tournament the past half decade. That postseason success had a lot to do with Miles' decision. "I'm glad they win the conference every year because I want to go to the tournament and play in it. They go every year so I couldn't beat that.

"They offered me my scholarship on Jan. 8 because we had a game down at Valpo. They played Rhode Island afterwards and that's when they offered me my scholarship."

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