Miles Is Latest Junior To Commit

With no sign of the trend ceasing, Nate Miles became the latest underclassman to make an early decision. Miles followed his gut feeling, one that's been brewing a while, and picked a national college power.

You could see this one coming from a distance. Since the middle part of the summer, the Connecticut Huskies were the favored team of Ohio native and current San Antonio (Tex.) Cornerstone Christian guard Nate Miles.

This weekend, during an unofficial visit to campus, Miles made it official as he could at this time and picked the Huskies. The one-time Xavier pledge is headed to the Big East.

For Miles, who has legitimate professional aspirations, UConn made it easy for him to give his word. "Just the way Coach Calhoun delivers players," Miles said of his choice. "It's a proven fact that he gets his players to the next level and he gets them better. That was the biggest (reason) of all of them."

Miles, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard, is's No. 22 prospect in the country. A gifted scorer who Huskies fans will immediately identify with Rip Hamilton, Miles has a chance to be a money maker because of his shooting and ability to find the bottom of the net.

For months, the whispers have been out there that he'd eventually be UConn-bound. All it took was a visit. "I knew I always wanted to do it, I just didn't know when I was going to. So, I came and got the feel and me and my family talked about it and I went and got it over with."

Miles would be the first one to admit he's made some bad choices the past few seasons. He readily talks about his time at Cornerstone Christian and how he's getting wiser as he gets older.

"I don't need to be in environments where I have chances to get in trouble and do the wrong thing. If all I'm worrying about is basketball then I'm straight. This is the perfect place for me to do that.

"I'm just maturing. The way Coach Webb is coaching me he's prepping me to be a leader. I'm positive on the floor and off the floor and that's what I plan on doing."

The Huskies have been a program that has been slow to embrace the early commitment trend. However, Calhoun's team now owns pledges from two other underclassmen, both from the Class of 2009.

Scout Hoops Top Stories