Another Big Man Commits to BYU

The third of BYU's top four high school basketball recruiting priorities has verbally committed to play for BYU head coach <b>Steve Cleveland</b>, his mother told <b></b> Thursday evening.

She said her son, Chris Miles, called the BYU coach earlier this evening to inform him of his decision.

Miles, a 6-10, 205 pound center from Timpview High School in Provo, selected the Cougars over Utah, Gonzaga and Utah State. Miles was unavailable for comment Thursday night. He was offered scholarships by all four colleges.

He was ranked No. 2 among 2004 West Coast centers in the pre-summer rankings from PrepWestHoops. Miles joins Lee Cummard, the No. 1 rated shooting guard in the west, and highly coveted Trent Plaisted from Texas as recent BYU commits. Cummard selected BYU over Arizona State and Plaisted chose the Cougars over Stanford and Florida State.

The Cougars are also finalists for another highly recruited big man in David Burgess, who has indicated he may decided within the next few weeks. His elder brother, Josh, is a walk-on basketball player at BYU.

Miles' is a pure post player with a large upside. Unlike Plaisted, his strength is with his back to the basket on the low post where he's very polished. He has a good drop-step move and can effectively spot up and hit the 10-15 foot jumper. He's also demonstrated an effective jump hook.

What Cleveland gets in Miles is a player similar to Cougar Derek Dawes. Miles is also imposing on defensive where he frequently blocks shots and effectively alters many shots by his presence. Moreover, Miles has excellent court leadership skills and a fiery nature.

While many big men in high school are often passive, Miles is as fiery and competitive as anybody on the Timpview team. He does not have definite LDS mission plans at this time.

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