Miles finishing summer strong

SHAWNEE, Kan. -- It's been a long summer for C.J. Miles, with stops all over the country, but while the Dallas standout may be tired, he certainly didn't show it Thursday night at the Kansas City Prep Invitational Tournament.

A knock on Miles has been his tendency to blend into the team's offense -- but he was anything but passive in the tournament opener.

Miles recorded 23 points -- 18 in the first half -- leading Team Texas to an 80-70 win over a dangerous Springfield Heat squad. North Carolina assistant Joe Holladay was on hand to watch the 6-5 wing hit a number of three-pointers and score off of a few tough drives to the hoop.

"[The summer] has been tiring, I got in from Vegas and then I don't go home [from here] because I think I am leaving straight from here to work at the Michael Jordan camp," Miles said.

The games aren't the only part of the summer process that can wear on an elite player.

"Sometimes [the media attention] does get a little old, but its not real bad and is only a problem sometimes," he said. "Especially after you lose or something like that you don't really want to talk to somebody, you just want to get out of the gym."

But the media attention will continue so long as Miles is undecided. He's got six schools on his list and admits that his leaderboard has been changing almost daily.

"I can't seem to pick one and it changes from day to day," he said.

The next step for Miles will be to schedule his official visits after school begins and work his way to a decision.

"I'm trying to set those up now but don't have exact dates," Miles said. "I can't take them until school starts again but schools are starting to send me the stuff with dates and I want to get them over with. I am planning on taking all of my visits."

As for the six finalists, here are Miles' thoughts on each ...

Kansas -- "First of all I like Coach Self, he's cool and the whole staff is cool. Also playing time looks good because they've got lots of people leaving next year. I've gotten to know some of the people coming in like Micah (Downs) and Mario (Chalmers) and they seem like guys I could play with. Then, pretty much the only thing in Kansas is Kansas Basketball so they're like the pro team out there."

North Carolina -- "Coach Williams was recruiting me while he was at Kansas and still is now that he has moved. Also, you get a lot of publicity for basketball there and it s a good playing style that fits my game. Everything about Carolina seems cool."

Arizona -- "The thing I like the most about Arizona is the playing style because it is up and down and wing friendly. I like Coach Olson and I know there is all kinds of playing time. The system would allow me to get some time regardless of who is there."

Georgia Tech -- "For one thing it is in Atlanta, if that means anything. Coach Hewitt came to see me like the day after they played UConn for the national championship and he's been the one recruiting me all along. There's been a lot of Dallas kids out there and there is going to be a lot of playing time."

Texas -- "Texas is close to home and my family can come and see me play. Coach Barnes is a real character, he's always cracking me up and he's realy cool. Also the people there could be fun to play with if they don't leave for the pros. The best thing is that it is close to home and it is an up and coming program.

Illinois -- "Coach Weber, he's a character too like Coach Barnes. He's really funny and they've got an up and down pace there that I like. Plus, they have had people go to the NBA but I guess you could say that about all of the schools that are left."

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