Five-star forward enjoys Horn's style

Quality Education Academy (Winston-Salem, NC) forward Quincy Miller, the nation's No. 8 overall prospect in the 2011 class, recently made a return trip to Columbia for South Carolina's Elite Camp. caught up with the premier five-star forward to discuss his recruitment and his experience at USC.

There aren't many as highly regarded as Quincy Miller.

The 2011 stud forward has flourished over the summer, and his work has paid off throughout recruiting services all over. The 6-foot-9 Miller, who's grown about two inches since May, is's No. 3 power forward and No. 8 prospect overall currently.

"I just keep growing," Miller said.

His growth spurt hasn't changed his game, just made him more effective. He's able to put it on the floor and shoot it from long range.

"I like to face up," he said of his game. "Kind of like Lamar Odom and Kevin Garnett."

He was able to show that at the Elite Camp, where he impressed everyone in the gym with his array of skills. The camp featured many of USC's top targets for the 2010 and 2011 recruiting classes, and Miller stated he came away impressed with the talent level at the Gamecocks' camp.

"Everyone was real good out there," he said of the players in attendance at the Elite Camp. "I don't see why a lot of those guys aren't rated as high-major players.

"There was a point guard on my team (Bruce Ellington). He was real good," Miller said of his teammate at the camp, who's one of South Carolina's main targets in the 2010 class. "He's real good from what I saw."

South Carolina coach Darrin Horn personally coached Miller's team at the camp — which also featured elite prospect Deuce Bello (2011) and the pair of USC commits in the 2010 class, R.J. Slawson and Eric Smith.

"It was a real good experience," he said. "I got to see how coach Horn coached, and I like his style."

This was key for the Gamecocks, as Miller admitted that it really improved their stock in his recruiting race.

The Chicago native rattled off a list of schools that are on him the hardest, mentioning South Carolina, North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, Baylor, Kentucky, Florida, Florida State, Miami, and Oregon State off the top of his head. However, he noted that he hasn't started focusing on a group of favorites yet.

"Everybody's about even right now, I'll probably start evaluating next year."

Miller is a dynamic recruit because he's not only one of the top players in the nation, but he also is one of the top students in his school, boasting nearly a 4.0 GPA. Education is very important to Miller.

Former South Carolina point guard and current assistant coach Mike Boynton Jr. has been instrumental in recruiting the highly-touted rising junior and could be South Carolina's x-factor in his recruitment.

"Coach Boynton always stays in contact with me," he said. "He's a real good dude. He's real honest with me and tells me what I need to work on. Most of these coaches try to kiss your butt."

With four-star recruit Bello on campus with Miller, that was a plus as well. "Deuce is my best friend," Miller said.

The duo, which resides in North Carolina, talks about possibly playing at the next level together, according to Miller.

"That's a possibility," Miller said of the thought.

When asked who was recruiting them both, "The same schools," is what Miller responded with, "but Deuce isn't getting recruited by North Carolina."

As far as what brought Miller to North Carolina from Chicago is real simple: Basketball.

"I came to live with my uncle and increase my basketball skills," Miller said of his opportunity to come to the state. "I think it's a better opportunity (than Chicago)."

Whichever school lands Miller's services won't be getting a prima donna recruit. Far from it, according to Quality Education Coach Isaac Pitts.

"Quincy's a very humble kid," Pitts said. "He listens to every (coach) that talks."

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