USA: C.J. Miles Spotlight

COLORADO, Colo. – A quick glance at C.J. Miles' stat lines from this week at the USA Basketball Youth Development Festival and the casual observer could mistakenly think that the Dallas wing wasn't all he's hyped up to be.

He played 17.8 minutes per game in a reserve role, and was seventh on his team in scoring (10.6), fourth in assists (3.4) and tied for sixth in rebounding (5.2).

Perhaps not the type of numbers you'd expect from such a highly ranked prospect.

C.J. Miles has the talent, of that there's no question. What he's lacking is the superstar mentality.

"I knew I didn't have to take over the game because I have a lot of teammates that can really play," Miles said.

And he's right, in that his gold medal-winning South squad had four players ranked in spring Top 10 (Tasmin Mitchell, Richard Hendrix, Louis Williams and Keith Brumbaugh), as well as probably the second-best rising junior in the country (Brandan Wright).

Miles therefore allowed himself to blend into the background of the talented roster, deferring to the big-time scorers, while recording rebounds and assists and only capitalizing on the clear scoring opportunities that presented themselves.

"I think he blends in, but he's really a quiet standout," said Dave Telep, of TheInsidersHoops. "At any given moment he can lead a break, make a smart pass or hit a jump shot."

"He's just not ready to be a superstar yet – that's the bottom line," Telep continued. "I'd be willing to bet that someday maybe in the very near future he decides that he wants to be a Top 5 or Top 10 player and he's got the talent and potential to do it."

And coaches – as well as the other campers – have no doubts about the type of major contribution he can make at the college level.

His top five schools are Texas, North Carolina, Kansas, Arizona and Georgia Tech, while Oklahoma, Baylor and Duke are behind the lead pack. He has unofficial visits scheduled this summer for Kansas and Georgia Tech.

"Everybody [here] is trying to convince me," Miles said. "Mario [Chalmers] and Micah [Downs] are trying to get me to go to Kansas. I talked to Bobby [Frasor] about Carolina and I talked to Greg [Paulus about Duke]."

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