The Prep Tour bus – actually it's a Honda Pilot – rolled through Winston-Salem last week and one of the stops was at Quality Education Academy. A new player in the prep school landscape, QEA sports a melting pot roster of players from the state and outside the country.
On Sept. 12, we were able to take in for the first time, the game of Quincy Miller. A 6-foot-7 native of Chicago, Miller displayed a potent jumper behind and inside the line. Not strong or heavy – he goes about 175 – he's got a big skill set and high-major ceiling.
So, who is this guy? Miller played freshman ball in his native Chicago for half a season last winter. He was on the roster at North Chicago Community, according to his former coach. The plan was to move him up to the varsity as the year closed but he left Chi-town and moved to Fayetteville, N.C., with relatives. Last summer he ran with the Richmond Squires 15 and under group.
In addition to Miller, junior Anthony Thomas resides at QEA. The former W-S Parkland small forward continues to receive strong mid-level interest and the higher programs have him on the watchlist. Thomas sports an improving jumper and the ability to handle and create from the wing.
Last July, Canadian Jason Calliste closed out the period on a high note. A key member of the Grassroots Canada championship run at the adidas Super 64, Calliste made his bones with his jumper. Now, at QEA, he's expanding his game and playing the point.
During the workout we caught, Calliste injured his shooting shoulder. Not wanting to miss court time, he actually begged back onto the floor and began shooting with his left hand! Tough kid, good player. Marshall and Charlotte are on his list which is likely to expand.
Canadian frontcourt man Renaldo Dixon, like Calliste, was at Mount Zion last season. He'll anchor the frontcourt for Coach Isaac Pitts. Definitely a mid-level prospect with fast-twich muscles inside, he'll own his area and pull down tough boards.
Southern Lee transfer Damien Steadman should provide perimeter touch; he's a 2010 prospect.