Keaton Miles Visits Gainesville

Billy Donovan and the University of Florida basketball program just finished with their summer Elite camp and had a few stars show up and impress. One of the more versatile players that made his way to Gainesville was Dallas (TX) Lincoln swing man Keaton Miles. The 6-6, 190 pound Miles was equally impressed with Florida and the Gator basketball program.

Keaton Miles brings hustle and grit to the basketball floor and his enthusiasm is contagious. He took a lot of positives away from his Florida visit.

"I think I did really well," Miles said of his camp play. "I had a lot of fun of getting a little taste of what Gator Nation had to offer. I enjoyed the system they run and talked to Coach Donovan and enjoyed everything Florida had to offer."

Miles loved the fact that Donovan and company didn't sugar coat everything from a recruiting perspective and were on him to try and improve his game.

"The coaching staff was really frank, they were about helping me improve and introducing me to their system," he said. "I liked the up and down system and in your face defense they play."

Miles sees a future championship for the Gator program.

"I just liked the coaching staff," he said. "Billy Donovan seemed like he was a player's coach. I didn't know he played in the league and watching the film I could see with them winning the championships not too long ago, it opened my eyes to Florida. They are trying to rebuild their program and I kind of felt they were hungry to get back to that elite level. I would love to be a part of that process if I were to choose Florida."

The championships might be a little easier with the personnel Florida is starting to put together. He was able to practice and play against some of Florida's current roster and felt like he held his own.

"I got to go up against the players and had fun," he said. "I got a couple of blocked shots. Kenny Boynton and I exchanged some words. He hit a 3 on me and started talking some noise and then I went down and hit a three on him and started talking some noise. I really had fun with those guys and I can see a real friendly team atmosphere."

"Patric Young is a huge. I had to stick him a couple of times. I can pretty much stick any position, but I don't know if they have a position for ‘monster'. He is a big guy and to think he already has an NBA body and athleticism. I did beat him in a couple of jump balls though (laughing). The coaches were trying to tell me they were going to step on my feet to give him an advantage."

The Florida coaching staff was able to spend some time letting Miles know the things he does well and the things he needs to improve on.

"They like my energy and motor," he said. "They didn't think I could shoot like I did. They evaluated my game and how I played defense and how long I am. I am just now getting used to the three position for about a year now and they said I need to just keep improving on my shot. They said it gets better every time they see me.

"They just said I have to develop my body and get bigger."

Miles prides himself on his defense; something he says never fails him.

"If I am having an off game on offense, my defense will never be off," he said. "That is another thing that stood out to them is my defense."

The recruiting process in basketball includes an early signing period, but Miles doesn't seem to be interested in making an early decision.

"I am still wide open," he said. "I have a lot of schools recruiting me including just about everybody in Texas.

"I will probably sign late or I was planning on getting some visits in and see where the schools stand with me and where I stand with them," he said. "If my family is able to make a decision early we will. We aren't in a rush.

"I plan on visiting West Virginia before school starts. I am also planning on doing a road trip to all the Texas and Big-12 schools."

The ultimate plan is to visit Florida at least one more time before a decision.

"I enjoyed my time in Gainesville and am looking forward to coming back on an official," he said. "I have to give everyone an equal opportunity."

There is no offer yet for Keaton Miles, but the Florida basketball staff seems to be highly interested in doing just that. We already know where Miles' interest lies in the Gators.

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