Miller Stays In ACC, Leaves Home State

Ian Miller, one of the top juniors in the state of North Carolina and No. 56 in the nation, will play in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Florida State Seminoles snuck into North Carolina and snagged a really good junior. Ian Miller, a 6-foot-1 combo guard out of Charlotte (N.C.) United Faith committed to Leonard Hamilton after looking at options at Kentucky and Clemson. South Carolina and Charlotte were also very much in the running for Miller.

Ranked No. 56 in the junior class, Miller is a noted combo guard with an ability to get buckets. Before he leaves high school, he may turn into a scoring point guard.

"I think it's going to be a good fit for him," Cheryl Miller, Ian's mother told "He likes what he sees there. He told us that he wanted us to know this is where "I wanna be."

The Seminoles worked a unique angle. Hamilton once coached Miller's father at Austin Peay. While it wasn't the only factor – nor the most important – it did help in the end. Plus, Miller's family developed a strong bond with FSU assistant Corey Williams.

"Our friendship had no effect on the decision," Julian Miller said. "The fact is when we looked at how they do things with the academics, we fell in love with it.

"Knowing him did help (some) and Leonard and my wife are both from Gaston County. It helped knowing him but the most impressive thing was his graduation rate. He gets them out of there.

"They've got a young team and he's going to be able to contribute right away."

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