RU Commitment Dane Miller Blowing Up

Dane Miller verbally committed to Rutgers back in February, becoming the first member of RU's '09 recruiting class. Since that time, his impressive play has caused his stock to continue to rise, and has created some intrigue amongst the RU faithful. SOR caught up with Miller recently to talk about things - specifically if his commitment to RU is as strong now as it was back in February.

When Dane Miller committed to Rutgers in February, he was in the middle of a terrific junior year for Rush-Henrietta SHS. He finished the season averaging nearly a triple-double: 22 points, 15 rebounds, and 8 assists per game. Granted, upstate New York does not possess nearly the abundance of talent that New York City (where Miller is originally from) does, but according to Miller's AAU coach Mickey Walker, had Miller been playing for a local powerhouse, his numbers might've been even more impressive.

"Up here, we don't have a lot of competition or NBA-type players", Walker said. "I'd see his high school games and his teammates just couldn't handle his passes. He'd hit guys in the head, in the hands", Walker said. "With one of those teams like St Anthony's, he could've averaged 15 assists per game".

Walker went on: "He's just an unbelievable passer. He's almost unselfish to a fault. He's a real good kid who I don't think realizes how good he can be - but he's starting to". Coach Walker readily acknowledged that as Miller's coach, of course he's a bit biased, but still, after hearing him heap such superlatives upon Miller, it was hard not to wish Miller was at RU already.

"He's a walking match-up problem", Walker said. "You can't put smaller guys on him, because he'll post them up. Guys 6'7, 6'8, he'll go right by them. He beats guys off the dribble, and when people rotate to him, he finds the open man. The guys at Rutgers are going to love playing with him because he's so unselfish".

This all sounded tremendous, but Coach Walker was hardly through. "When we were in Las Vegas, he was the best kid I saw out there. Granted, I did not see everyone, but of all the kids out there that I did see, he was the best. I would take him and Brandon Triche (the other '09 upstate New Yorker that plays for Coach Walker) over any two guys that I've seen".

"Dane can bring the ball up court and handle it against pressure. He's played a lot of point guard for us the last two years", he said. Coach Walker then mentioned something that could serve as an added impetus: "I think both Dane and Brandon are going to have great college careers, because coming from up here, they don't get a lot of the recognition that the city kids get. They're hungrier than most".

It was mentioned to Coach Walker that Rutgers fans are intrigued about Dane Miller, and should he play a major part in the programs' rebuilding, his legacy at RU will be huge. "I think that's why he picked Rutgers", he said. "He wants to be a part of something new". Coach Walker is apparently correct, as Dane Miller said so.

"I knew where I wanted to go", Miller said to SOR. "Rutgers was recruiting me the hardest. I'm just real comfortable with the coaching staff. I'm comfortable with Coach Hill and I like how he coaches. Coach Carr is also a real cool person", he said.

About his game, he said, "I can play three positions: point guard, shooting guard, and small forward", echoing Coach Walker's sentiments. "I'm very versatile. I'm good at setting people up. I can do a lot". Then, Miller was asked the question all Rutgers fans are dying to know.

"My commitment to RU is still solid", he said, adding that "I plan on signing in November". Finally, he was asked if there was anything he wanted to tell the RU faithful that are eager to see him in Scarlet. He reiterated that his commitment to Rutgers is still solid, and then said that "I can't wait to get to there".

There's no doubt whatsoever that all fans of Rutgers basketball feel exactly the same way about him.

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