"I actually made the decision on Friday night," Isaiah Miles said when asked about his commitment to Saint Joseph's.
The 6'7 combo forward from Milford Mill (MD) is a terrific perimeter shooter, and that is something that Saint Joseph's head coach Phil Martelli desperately wanted in the 2012 class. "They want me to come in and shoot the ball freely," Miles said of his role on the Hawks.
As a junior at Glenelg Country (MD), Miles hit 46 3-pointers, connecting on 41% of all attempts from beyond the arc. That ability to shoot the ball is why the Hawks zeroed in so intensely on Miles.
After spending the first three seasons of his high school career at Glenelg Country, Miles will spend his senior year at Milford Mill.
The Hawks have been in hot pursuit of Miles for quite some time. When Hawk Hill Hardwood caught Miles in action at Hoop Group's End of Summer Classic in July, Saint Joseph's had head coach Phil Martelli courtside along with assistants Dave Duda and Geoff Arnold. The Saint Joseph's coaching staff tracked Miles all summer.
Miles had a strong summer with the Nike Baltimore Elite. Playing in the EYBL series, Miles turned in impressive performances at both the Peach Jam and the EYBL Los Angeles event. At the Peach Jam, Miles had a strong 15-point, 6-rebound outing against a talented Team Final (PA) squad. In LA, Miles had a terrific outing against CP3 (NC), grabbing 10 rebounds to go along with a game-high 24 points.
Miles unofficially visited Hawk Hill in the spring and took an official visit last weekend.
Last weekend's official visit to Saint Joseph's helped Isaiah make his decision. "I really liked the community. The coaches and players and everyone treated me well during my visit," Miles explained.
6'7 players that can knock down shots from deep with regularity do not grow on trees, so it is no surprise that Miles was being looked at by a number of schools in addition to Saint Joseph's. The University of South Florida, Richmond, La Salle, Drexel, Loyola (MD), NC State, and Wake Forest are among the schools that Miles rattled off as those that had been expressing significant interest.
With Isaiah Miles now in the fold, the Hawks are still looking to sign two more players in the class of 2012, and the targets both appear to be post players. Isaiah Miles was not the only recruit on campus last weekend, as Findlay Prep (NV) center Matt Willms was also on Hawk Hill. Willms is being recruited heavily by San Diego State, Saint Joseph's, and several other schools.
The Hawks are also in hot pursuit of Donovon Jack, a 6'9 power forward from Burks Catholic (PA). Jack has recently visited Saint Joseph's, Davidson, Clemson, and Belmont.
With the signing of Isaiah Miles, the Hawks locked down one of their primary targets in the 2012 class. The staff is now turning their attention to bolstering the frontcourt.
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