Future Hawk has "tremendous upside"

In early September, 6'7 Baltimore forward Isaiah Miles gave Saint Joseph's their first commitment in the class of 2012. Earlier today, Hawk Hill Hardwood spoke with Isaiah's high school coach about his game and the upcoming season.

After spending the first three years of his high school career at Glenelg Country School (MD), Isaiah Miles has transferred to Milford Mill Academy (MD). At Milford Mill, Isaiah will be coached by Albert Holley. Coach Holley spoke glowingly about Isaiah's current game and also his potential.

"Right now, Isaiah's strength is that he's a competitor and that he plays hard," Coach Holley explained. "He has a consistent outside shot." Last year, at Glenelg, Isaiah knocked down 46 shots from three on 41% shooting.

Already a talented perimeter shooter, Coach Holley stated that there was one particular facet of his game that he would be working on this season. "The next sep for Isaiah's game is showing that he can drive it from the wing," Holley said. According to Holley, Isaiah's strengths on the offensive end are perimeter shooting and offensive rebounding. In order to take his game to the next level, he needs to be able to attack off the dribble, according to his coach.

While Isaiah is most comfortable offensively scoring from the perimeter, Holley did say that, defensively, Isaiah can play both forward spots. He is able to defend both the 3 and the 4, and is "comfortable under the basket."

Due to his size, skill set, work ethic, and intangibles, Coach Holley said that "Isaiah's upside is tremendous to me." This season, Isaiah looks to prepare himself academically, socially, and athletically for Saint Joseph's. The transfer from Glenelg to Milford Mill was made by Isaiah to prepare himself for college.

"Coach Martelli will push him hard next year," Holley said of Isaiah's future head coach. "My job this year is to push him too…to challenge him."

This year, at Milford Mill, Isaiah will look to play an integral part in his team's success. In addition to league and city games, Milford Mill will also be playing in New Jersey and Philadelphia this winter.

According to Holley, Milford Mill will be competing in the Primetime Shootout in Trenton, New Jersey on December 27th and 28th. In the Primetime Shootout, they will match up against perennial power Saint Patrick's (NJ). Then, in January, they will return north to face Philadelphia's Imhotep Charter. That game will take place at Imhotep in January.

As Isaiah looks to improve his individual game in preparation for his career at Saint Joseph's, he also hopes to bring his team success at Milford Mill. Stay tuned to Hawk Hill Hardwood throughout the coming season for updates on Isaiah and his Milford Mill Academy teammates.

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