Maurice Miller is a unique kid. Mature beyond his years and someone that seems to have everything in perspective.
The Raleigh-Egypt (Tenn.) junior guard, who has grown over the past few months to 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, has no problem admitting that when he's not playing ball, he's spending time with his three nieces.
Miller, who has a 4.6 GPA and is enrolled in all honors courses, also has no difficulty in admitting that academics are clearly his first priority when he'll pick a college.
His goal, if he doesn't make the NBA, is to become a teacher.
``I'm not sure how we could play without him," Raleigh-Egypt coach Jimmy Adams said of his star point guard. "He does so many things for us. He's such a presence on the court and it's not about him scoring. He's just got a great aura and controls the game with the ball in his hands."
``He's a big point guard and he defers scoring to his teammates until it's time for him to step up," added Adams.
Miller and his teammates are off to a 5-1 start this season with their lone loss coming on a last-second shot.
Miller is putting up similar numbers from a year ago, when he averaged 14.5 points and 10.5 assists per game. He's a pass-first floor leader who has improved the consistency on his outside shot.
``I try to get everyone involved," Miller said. "My shot was flat, but I've been working every day and it's gotten better."
``We're going to use him some this year as a two-guard," Adams said. "He's always played with the ball in his hands, but I have another player on the team whose a good point guard. I think it'll be good for Mo (Maurice) to learn how to run the floor better and use picks, catch it on the dribble and attack from the wing instead of the top of the key."
Adams said that there are numerous programs looking at Miller – Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Stanford, Clemson, Memphis, Mississippi and Alabama – among others. Miller also mentioned UConn, Tennessee, Louisville and llinois.
``Academics are number one, but I want to go somewhere and be involved," Miller said. "I didn't want to go somewhere and sit for three years. I like guard schools like Illinois, Louisville and Memphis."