Miles "can't wait" to begin Hawk career

Fairly early on in the recruiting process, it became clear that Baltimore forward Isaiah Miles was a top target of the Saint Joseph's coaching staff. Coach Phil Martelli and staff were rewarded for their hard work when Miles committed to the Hawks immediately after his official visit last September. The talented combo forward spoke with Hawk Hill Hardwood on Friday.

Isaiah Miles, who spent his senior year at Milford Mill Academy (MD) after spending his first three years at Glenelg (MD), is one of three incoming freshmen that the Hawks welcome aboard this month. Miles is joined by Ohio point guard Kyle Molock and German forward Javon Baumann.

As a senior at Milford Mill, Miles averaged roughly 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks per contest en route to All-Metro First Team honors for the second consecutive year. Milford Mill made a strong push in state playoffs before falling short in the regional semifinals.

On Friday, Hawk Hill Hardwood caught up with Miles to discuss his expectations entering his freshman year at St. Joe's. A combo forward, Isaiah said that he checks in at 6'7 and has his weight up to 210 pounds.

"At the beginning of the year, I spent most of the time on the box," Miles said about his senior year at Milford Mill. As the year progressed, however, he said that he "developed his wing skills." A strong three-point shooter, Isaiah stated that he believes that his ability to knock down perimeter shots is where he will be most able to help the Hawks off the bat next year.

"I think I can be an additional scorer," he replied when asked what he believed his role would be on the team next year. "I can help spread the floor since I can shoot the ball," he furthered. Isaiah went on to say that he thought that he would be used frequently in "pick-and-pop" looks on the court, where he could best use his skills as a face-up 4 type of player.

Last season, Isaiah made it up to Hawk Hill in September with his parents for his official visit. He also trekked to St. Joe's to watch the Hawks defeat Big 5 rival Villanova. As for one of his future teammates, Miles explained that he and Kyle Molock "have messaged each other back and forth a couple times." When asked about the current Hawk roster, Miles explained that he got along really well with the team on his official visit and that that played a role in his commitment.

Isaiah will move in at Saint Joseph's on June 24th in time for summer classes and some summer league play with his teammates. The Hawk players will be participating again in the Delco Pro-Am League this summer, which commences at the end of June and runs through the beginning of August.

Saint Joseph's returns every single scholarship player from last season's NIT team. With the return of everyone, and the addition of Isaiah Miles and the other freshmen, the Hawks have their eyes set higher this year. "I'm just excited and can't wait to get on campus and start," Miles said about his Hawk career. The Hawks will be looking forward to his arrival on campus later this month.

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