Toledo Libbey's Miles Among State's Top Sophs

Nate Miles, a 6-6 wing from Toledo Libbey, was another fine Ohio prospect on display at the All-Ohio Nike Cup this past weekend in Columbus. Miles revealed he has already been offered by one of the state's major Division I schools. Click here for more.

Over the past couple of days we have written about some of the state's top freshman basketball players who competed in the All-Ohio Nike Cup Saturday at The Hoop.

One of the state's top five sophomores from the Class of 2007 was also in attendance as Toledo Libbey wing forward Nate Miles played for an All-Ohio Red team in the AAU event.

The 6-6 Miles showed he is very comfortable handling the ball against pressure. Plus, he also displayed good shooting range as well as an ability to take the ball into the paint. Some make comparisons to former Kentucky standout Tayshaun Prince, who prides himself on being a good all-around player.

"I can play all three positions, maybe even all four – everything but center," Miles said. "I'm real versatile. I go out there and just try to do the best I can to get us the victory."

As a sophomore, Miles averaged 19.5 points and 5.0 rebounds a game. He earned second-team All-Northwest District and Honorable Mention All-Ohio honors in Division I.

In terms of rankings, Miles is rated as the state's fifth-best sophomore by Ohio High magazine. That puts him in select company in a top five that also features North College Hill's O.J. Mayo and Bill Walker, Solon's Dallas Lauderdale and NCH's Keenan Ellis.

Hoop Scoop ranks Miles as the 80th-best sophomore nationally. Prep Spotlight lists him as the No. 11 wing guard in his class.

When asked about his sophomore year, Miles said, "It was real frustrating. We had a lot of guys who could play, but nobody would accept the roles the coaches were giving them. That's why we went out early in the tournament."

That frustration has led Miles to even consider a transfer to a prep school – one you may have heard of.

"I might be going to Oak Hill (Academy)," he said. "We'll just take it from there."

However, if Miles returns to Libbey he could again play alongside such talented prospects as current junior Chris Poellnitz and current freshman William Buford.

"He is a tremendous shooter," Hoop Scoop Ohio editor Chris Johnson said. "If he comes back, Libbey will be the third most talented team in the state behind North College Hill and Canton McKinley."

When asked about college choices, Miles said, "Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio State, Valpo and Connecticut. That's about it."

He said that Xavier has offered.

"It's really neat to have that out there," Miles said of the XU offer. "I'm just going day by day. I'll come up with a decision later on."

In regards to Ohio State, he said, "I watched them this year when I could. I would look forward to going to Ohio State, too. Whoever comes after me, that's who I will go with. I'll pick the best situation for me."


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