Coaches: Miller On The Cusp

Elijah Miller hasn't reached an official decision. If his coaches are in the know, though, the lanky 6-11 C from Cleveland (TX) Heritage Christian is just about ready to make a Conference USA commitment.

"Houston is probably where he's going to end up," Heritage coach Jerome Tang said. "He told them he was going to commit on his birthday, and that's next week, on Sept. 23."

Miller's summer coach has heard the same thing.

"He hasn't actually committed yet," said Tom Rogers, who runs the Fort Worth Lions. "But he is leaning heavily toward them. It's close to where he plays ball, and he knows some of the guys who are there."

One of them being Parker Pinkalla. The 6-4 SG from Houston (TX) Strake Jesuit Prep -- another Class of 2003 Fort Worth Lions kid -- is bound for the U of H as well.

Miller, a 215-pound Louisiana native, figures to be the No. 1 talent on Tang's roster this winter.

"Elijah is really good," the coach said. "He's coming along. He's getting stronger, and he's figuring out where his hands and his feet are. He's learning how to make post moves and finish around the basket."

Heritage is scheduled to play in a variety of high-profile events, including the Holiday Prep Invitational, in Las Vegas; the Texas bracket of the Academy National Invitational, in Houston; the Gonzaga Classic, in Washington, D.C.; the Flying to the Hoop, in Dayton, Ohio; and the Mountain State Coal Classic, in Beckley, W.Va.

"Elijah says he's going to be a 20-20 guys this year, with five blocks, too," Tang said. "I'd just like to see him get 17 points and 12 to 15 rebounds while staying out of foul trouble.

"But his stock is only going to go up. There aren't that many 6-11 athletes out there. A lot of people are going to look back and say, ‘Man, we missed on that kid.'"


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