Quincy Miller grew up in a northern suburb of Chicago. He moved last year to live with his uncle in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, so he could attend the Quality Education Academy.
Miller blew up on the AAU circuit this past summer and is now rated a 5-star recruit by Scout.com. The hard worker is understandably thrilled by his improved status.
"Yeah, I know. I'm pretty happy about that. I'm going for number one."
His summer progress was noted by all the recruiting experts.
"I had a good summer, a real good summer. I played in a lot of good tournaments, a lot of ball with big-time kids, and I dominated most of them. I did great at the Nike Hoops Jamboree."
A big factor in his ranking jump was his development of a more well-rounded game.
"I'm getting a real good outside game. My game is gonna be complete. You can never be complete, but it's way better than it was before."
One knock on him has been his slender physique, but weight training has boosted his strength.
"I probably gained about 10 pounds over the summer. I now weigh about 200. I'm trying to get up to 230-235 by the time I get out of high school."
Miller combines athleticm and talent with determination to be the best he can be. It is a lethal combination that should continue helping him improve his game.
"I'm working on my outside shot, my ball handling, speed, quickness, vertical. I'm trying to work on everything to make my game better and better."
The 6'-8" combo forward has been recruited by Illinois for a long time now. But he is now being recruited heavily by all the top schools in the country. He rattles off a long list of top schools besides Illinois who are after his services.
"Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Florida, Florida State, Oregon, Oregon State, Duke, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Kentucky, Baylor, USC, Tennessee, Texas and Kansas too."
Duke has been a major player, bringing him in for unofficial visits and showing strong interest. But he is considering a number of factors and isn't guaranteed to stay in ACC country.
"There's a lot of competition from big-time schools, but I want to go whereever I'm comfortable at. People want me to stay on Tobacco Road, but it's gonna be wherever I'm comfortable."
Is he still interested in the Illini?
"Of course. I like Illinois. I like North Carolina, and it has been good for my exposure. But Illinois is my home. All my family's down there."
Miller may be on the Illini campus twice in the next few months. The Quality Education Academy is making the long trip to play in the Assembly Hall shootout in December. Why the long trip?
"Our team is coming to Illinois for the State Farm Tournament. My coaches wanted to come somewhere close to Chicago because I have a couple teammates from Chicago. We can have our families see us play. And it will be good competition too."
Miller promises Illini fans will see a great team.
"My team's gonna be great. All our team's athletic. Man, we've got a good team. We go hard. We're a team full of ballers."
Several colleges will be receiving unofficial visits from Miller in the next few months including Kentucky, Louisville and Texas. But he may be on the Illinois campus in a couple weeks as well.
"I'm going home in the next two weeks, September 23, so I'll try to get a visit to Illinois if the schedule works out."
With two more years of high school, Miller has plenty of time to decide on a college. But the Illini are in the thick of things and have a good start on what could be a major recruiting coup if they can get him.