K.C. Ross-Miller played on Team Texas' AAU team with superstars Willie Warren and Rotnei Clarke, both of whom Kentucky would love to also get on board, "Id love to have Willie and Rotnei both playing with me. We have a great relationship on and off the court. Hopefully Rotnei will come with me. If they both came, that would be awesome."
"I am talking to them," he said, smiling.
Playing with some of the nation's top players has been an incredible experience for the youngster, who found himself going from a starring role in High School to a support role on this team, "With guys like Willie and Rotnei on the court, we don't need a lot of scoring from me. They need me to distribute the ball and create opportunities for them. I have really learned a lot this summer."
Despite the change in role, K.C. said he feels like he has improved a great deal. His teammates agreed, "K.C. has come a long way this summer," said Rotnei Clarke after their opening day win at Las Vegas' Main Event Tournament, "we don't think of him as a freshman in high school. He is just another really solid player. He is going to be great at Kentucky."
"K.C. can play," added Willie Warren, "when he is out there with us, we have a lot of confidence that he is going to make good decisions with the basketball. He can handle dribble in traffic and I know if I get open, he is going to get the ball to me."
Despite the accolades from his teammates, K.C. is not resting on his laurels. He knows he must continue to improve if he plans to be an effective player at Kentucky. "I think I can work on pretty much everything, but I believe I can do a lot better with my consistency and my defense. I am working on shooting too, but on this team, I have a ‘pass first' mentality because of who we have.
As far as getting cold feet because of the early commitment, K.C.'s father, Tim, said there is no need to worry about that, "He is so excited about playing for coach Gillispie at Kentucky, his face lights up anytime he even hears the name mentioned. He is 100% firmly committed."
Teammate Evan Washington, a 6-foot-6 forward, listening to the conversation, kidded, "Oh, don't go there K.C., you know you are always dogging Kentucky," he joked, then added, "Seriously, that's all we hear about, day in day out with this guy, Kentucky, Kentucky, Kentucky."
To read more about K.C. Ross-Miller, check out the next two issues of Kentucky Sports Report, the magazine, due in mid-August and mid-September. In the upcoming issue, we will profile Kentucky's three early commitments, Miller, G.J. Vilarino and Dakotah Euton. A more in-depth feature on Ross-Miller will follow the next month.