Checking in with KC Ross-Miller

This spring's recruiting buzz most often focuses on Billy Gillispie and his Kentucky staff's search to fill the final scholarship slots and round out the 2008-2009 roster. Overlooked in many of the recruiting discussions is 2010 committment KC Ross-Miller. The class of 2010 is expected to be a huge recruiting class for UK, and KC Ross-Miller is expected to be an important component of that class.

Lost behind the news involving the 2008 recruiting class is the previous commitment of Dallas guard KC Ross-Miller. Ross-Miller had a very strong year as a sophomore. Now a busy spring and summer awaits him as a rising junior.

The 6-foot-1 point guard led God's Academy this season with 27 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds a night. Most nights, they played against older, more mature players, such as prep schools with fifth and sixth year seniors according to Ross-Miller's father and coach, Tim Miller. "We played a tough schedule this year," said Miller. "We lost about eight games to prep schools," he said. "But we went three and one in the national tournament. We beat Victory Christian (North Carolina), Upper Room out of New York and we lost to Riverdale Baptist."

Tough schedule aside, KC still showed his talents in a big way. "We had a fairly young team. They won seven of their last nine games. During that time, KC had several 40 and 30 point games," said Miller. At his size, you would think that Ross-Miller would be making three pointers in bunches, but that's not the case. "He has a very good mid-range game and he finishes strong. He handles the ball so well and has an arsenal of moves. His basketball IQ, his court vision and his ball handling are strengths. He gets to the free-throw line a lot," Miller said.

"He needs to be more explosive, but it's not that he's not explosive. He's very quick. He changes speeds and when the defenders lets down his guard, he blows by. He needs to become a better three point shooter, consistently. But you can't just say 'this is what he is going to do.' When they say he can't shoot the ball, he will come out and make four three pointers," said Miller.

Coach Gillispie has mentioned several times that he likes "lead guards." Players like AC Law at Texas A&M and Ramel Bradley this past season. KC fits that mold. "He's exactly what coach Gillispie likes. He's mentally tough and he's a competitor. You don't see him clapping his hands and yelling. But at the end of the game, you will have felt his presence on the floor," said Miller.

Ross-Miller made his commitment very early on. There are always questions about early commitments and how solid they are, but there is no doubt in KC's mind where he wants to be. "He was already being recruited by Gillispie at Texas A&M. He already wanted to play for Gillispie, but we didn't know if we wanted to go A&M. When Gillispie went to Kentucky and we visited, he knew that's where he wanted to play," said Miller. "He had the coach he wanted to play for and the school he wanted to play for."

"He's my favorite coach," KC said. "We are real close. He liked my game. I liked him as a coach and I believed in him. I thought about the tradition (of Kentucky) and it just doesn't get any better. That's where I wanted to go," he finished.

Ross-Miller is playing AAU ball with Team Texas and another future Wildcat, GJ Vilarino. "They've already started AAU play. Last weekend, they played Texas Select," said Miller. "They'll go to Boo Williams and then they're going to Next Level in Dallas. They'll be playing in Nashville at the Nike Invitational and the Peach Jam. I think they are going to the Super Showcase in Orlando too," said Miller.

"I'm really looking forward to Peach Jam and the tournament in Vegas, the Main Event. I like those a lot," said KC.

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