eBoss Road Show: Miles vs. Crawford

Tuesday night is always one of the most active nights on the high school basketball schedule so there were plenty of options around the city. However, the matchup between Mission (KS) Bishop Miege and Overland Park (KS) Blue Valley North featuring two of the city's most highly recruited juniors -- Isacc Miles and Casey Crawford -- was too much to pass up.<br>

Neither Miles nor Crawford disappointed and the Road Show was there to catch up with both juniors who are receiving considerable attention from high major programs including Kansas and Missouri.

BV NORTH OUTLASTS BISHOP MIEGE

People who follow hoops in the metro area have been hearing about juniors Isacc Miles and Casey Crawford since they were in the sixth or seventh grade. At Blue Valley North, Crawford has grown into a very skilled 6-8 BF who effortlessly knocks down jumpers from 15-20 feet but has been knocked for not banging down low enough. Meanwhile at Bishop Miege, the 6-2 Miles is quickly developing into a pretty good PG who knocks down open jump shots after starting off his career as a slashing WG who was labeled as a non-shooter.

Shortly after the tip, Crawford came out smoking hot as he nailed one midrange jumper after another scoring 10 first quarter points. Not to be outdone, Miles showed off his improved quickness, crossover dribble, jumper and overall court awareness as he set up teammates for open looks and hit a long three to close to within 22-20 at the end of one quarter.

“It’s a new year and I’m looking to focus,” said Crawford. “I’ve got to be more aggressive.”

In the second quarter things slowed down a bit as shots stopped falling but a Crawford three at the buzzer tied the game at 33-33 heading into the second half. At the intermission Crawford had 13 points (6-11 FG, 1-2 3 PT, 0-1 FT), seven rebounds and four blocks. On the other side, Miles was good for 13 points (4-7 FG, 3-4 3 PT, 2-2 FT), three assists and a pair of steals.

“He dominated like I expected him to,” said Miles of Crawford. “He’s been doing it every year since we were little kids and you just try your best to hold him down.”

In the second half, Crawford continued to shoot over the Miege zone while Miles went a bit cold from the field as BV North pulled away for a 63-56 victory on Miege’s court.

After his 24 point (9-14 FG, 1-2 3 PT, 5-6 FT), 13 rebound (seven offensive) and five block effort Crawford listed Kansas, Illinois, Oregon, Wichita State and Kansas State as his top five. He’s also hearing from Colorado, Texas A&M, Stanford, Richmond and others.

In the loss, Miles finished up with 19 points (6-15 FG, 5-10 3 PT, 2-2 FT), seven assists, four rebounds and a pair of steals. However, Miles was upset with himself for taking some poor shots while trying to bring Miege back.

“I played decent sometimes, but not enough,” said Miles. “I’m supposed to be the leader of this team and I made some bad decisions with my shot selection.”

Miles did discuss a recent unofficial visit to Missouri for the Gonzaga game. He already had offers on the table from Creighton and Iowa and now the Tigers have offered as well.

“I liked them, that is a really nice arena and that place gets loud,” said Miles of Mizzou. “They put a little pressure on me to commit and Coach Snyder said I could make his day by committing but I want to wait.”

Among the other schools recruiting Miles are Kansas, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Purdue and Nebraska. In fact, Kansas was recently out to watch him play.

Tim Jankovich came to my practice like two weeks ago,” said Miles. “They’re recruiting me as a combo guard. Kansas says I could come in and be a point or a two and they like my ball skills and mobility.”

OTHER NOTES- SCOUTING CRAWFORD AND MILES

You have to credit both Crawford and Miles for changing the way college coaches will view them. Coaches have always loved Crawford’s high skill level and ability to shoot the ball. However, he hasn’t crashed the boards like he should and often takes high degree of difficulty turnaround jumpers when he could just drop-step and dunk instead. He’s really improved his mobility, become much more active around the basket and is really starting to live up to his high major promise. He still needs to be a little more aggressive attacking the basket and must continue to work on his quickness, but over the last few games he has played as well as he ever has.

Miles has gone through a transformation as well. The transfer of Domonique Johnson to Kansas City (MO) Lincoln Prep means that he is the primary ballhandler for Miege. A role that he admits he wasn’t overly comfortable with. To his credit he has become a dangerous driver in either direction and has significantly improved his handle. He’s always been a fine passer and his added quickness off the bounce makes him even more dangerous. He’s a very dangerous shooter from deep or off of pull-ups and he’s lost some weight making him much more explosive to the basket. For a time it looked like he would be more of a wing, but he’s showing plenty of signs that  he could run the point -- at least for stretches, if not longer -- on he Big 12 level.

Schools in the gym- Wichita State.

  • Total games seen- 112
  • Total teams seen- 87
  • Total miles traveled- 8,225

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