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2018 UNC Basketball Recruit Intro: Miles Norris

North Carolina watched the California forward on Wednesday night in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS -- Wednesday night was a breakout game for Miles Norris. The Class of 2018 forward from Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei standout played up on the 17U level with Earl Watson Elite and looked like the best player on the floor at times during a big opening win at the Las Vegas Fab 48.

The 6-foot-9, 195-pound Norris scored from multiple levels of the floor and had a couple of big dunks in traffic. It was his first time playing up on the 17U level this summer.

"Coaches were just telling me to go hard, play aggressive, be aggressive. So that's what I tried to do," Norris said.

North Carolina assistant coach C.B. McGrath was present during the impressive showing from Norris and has begun to recruit the native of Chula Vista, Calif.

"[I'm] just getting to know Coach McGrath. I talked to him for a little bit," Norris said. "They produce a lot of players. I like their program, I like their coaches."

Since he's only been able to hear from coaches since June, the recruiting process is still in the early stages for Norris, and he said he's heard the most from Arizona, Cal, Oklahoma, Oregon and San Diego State.

But recently North Carolina has become involved, along with calls from Duke, Gonzaga, UNLV and Virginia.

Even though he's a West Coast player being recruited at the national level, Norris said that location won't be a factor in his decision as he's trying to find a few things in his future team.

"A school that I would fit in well, that I would feel comfortable with and [comfortable with] the coaching staff." Norris said.

Norris is hoping to take an unofficial visit to Arizona for the Red and Blue game and he's also trying to get to Oregon this fall, but other than that, he has nothing else planned as far as his recruitment goes. Since it's still early, Norris doesn't have a timeframe for cutting down any kind of list and official visits will likely follow his junior year.

This spring and summer, Norris burst on the scene as a high-level national recruit as he's currently rated as the No. 15 overall prospect in's Class of 2018 national rankings. Playing mostly with the Earl Watson Elite 16s in the Under Armour Association during the spring, Norris averaged 9.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game while shooting 49 percent from the field.

Things started to change over the summer as Norris was a standout at times during the Pangos All-American Camp in June before a strong second week of the July live period at the UAA Finals. At the UAA Finals, Norris averaged 12.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game as he started to look more comfortable with his skill level.

"I feel like I've improved a lot since last year. I feel like I've been playing well," Norris said. "Running the floor and finishing above the rim. That's my main strengths."

Over the next few months, Norris is trying to improve his perimeter skills since he's been an inconsistent shooter. Norris is also trying to add some weight to his lean frame.

"[I'm working on] my ball handling, my jump shot, playing more physical and getting stronger," Norris said.

In a Class of 2018 that lacks starpower, Norris is an intriguing talent because of his size, length and athleticism. When you also factor in that Norris just turned 16 years old, his game still has a lot of room to grow.

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