Bruce Weber Checks Out Quincy Miller

Illinois basketball coach Bruce Weber traveled to the East Coast last Thursday, in the midst of a torrid Big 10 basketball race. His purpose was to check out a sophomore phenom playing ball for the Quality Education Academy in North Carolina. Quincy Miller didn't disappoint.

Recruiting is a 24/7 process. With basketball players committing earlier than ever before, college basketball coaches must spend time evaluating and recruiting young players of all ages and levels of development. Even if it means spending your off day on a plane.

Illinois coach Bruce Weber traveled to Oak Hill Academy in Virginia to watch that powerhouse take on Quality Basketball Academy and its exciting sophomore Quincy Miller. Miller is formerly from the state of Illinois and is blowing up on the national scene. Quincy was aware of his presence.

"He came to our Oak Hill game. I had about 15 rebounds and 15 points. I could have done better I think."

Quincy describes his background.

"I moved from North Chicago two years ago. I live with my uncle (Lamont Taylor). I love my school. I've got a great coach Isaac Pitts. It's a great environment."

Miller's team is doing well against difficult competition. Despite being only a sophomore, he is accepting a leadership role on the team.

"We're doing pretty good. At the beginning of the season, we weren't playing as a team. But now, we came together a lot. I'm now a captain. I'm a leader on the team. I'm just a sophomore, but I'm a leader. We're 22-7 playing against top competition."

He says is game has evolved in the last two years.

"My game has changed a lot since I moved. In Illinois, it was more finesse. Up here, it's more aggressive. You go straight to the basket hard. I like the area around here too. It's slower. Chicago is fast."

Listed as a slender 6'-7" player, Quincy says he has continued to grow.

"I'n now 6'-9" almost. I've gained weight too. I'm about 200 now."

The precocious young man agrees with the experts about his overall game.

"I'm an inside out player. I can go out and hit threes, and I can go inside. I love attacking the basket. I can play the three, four or five."

Quincy is definitely considering Illinois for his future schooling.

"I like Illinois. Coach Weber didn't talk to me when he visited. But people from Illinois have told me about Jereme Richmond from Waukegan and a couple other kids."

Of course, he likes many other schools as well. In fact, the young man is hearing from a literal Who's Who of basketball colleges.

"I'm hearing from Baylor, Wake Forest, Texas, Memphis, Oklahoma State, Rutgers and a lot of others I can't remember right now."

Miller is in no hurry to decide upon a school.

"I'm gonna wait until my senior year to make a decision."


Illini Inquirer Top Stories