Player Spotlight: Tyler Miller

Tyler Miller, class of 2009, is considered a top 5 prospect in his class. The Cager Report had a chance to talk with him about his future at Basha and college hoops...

Tyler Miller, 6-6 2009 G Phoenix (Ariz.Basha High School, is one to watch in the class of 2009.  The Cager Report lists him as a LM Prospect - Mid Major (Follow).  Miller, considered one of the best pure shooters in the State, already has a number of Division I programs looking at him. The CR rates him (at this point) one of the Top 5 2009 prospects in Arizona.


Miller is focused on his academics for the future, and based on our interview, will put his engineering degree ahead of basketball when choosing a college.  We know in the crazy world of recruiting, this could change instantly, but as of now, Miller has a favorite for his services.


Look for his recruitment to intensify over the next 2 years.


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Cager Report: What were your stats from last season?

Tyler Miller: 13.8 ppg, 4.9 rebounds/game, 3.4 assists/game, 45% FG 85% FT


CR: What is your official height and weight?

Miller: 6'5.5" 180 Lbs


CR: What is your greatest basketball memory?

Miller: Playing in the McClintock Holiday Tourney and Participating in the Elks National Free Throw Championships at the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001.


CR: What are your goals for the upcoming season?

Miller: Finishing in the Top Three in the Central and qualify for state in just our second year of 5A competition.


CR: What aspect of your game have you really worked hard to improve? What area would you like to keep improving on?

Miller:  Working on shooting off the dribble and slashing more to the basket. Building up my strength and working on my quickness.


CR: Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for?

Miller: Nick Markovich and Lasalle Pridgett


CR: Name one teammate you really respect and why?

Miller: Steven Yena, works hard in practice and in the classroom. Leads by example and is quiet but intense teammate.


CR: What are your goals regarding playing basketball in college?

Miller: Opportunity to play somewhere that I'm wanted; has a great academic environment and somewhere in a rural or college only type town. Goals to get there – keep my grades up and keep working on the fundamentals.


CR: Would you consider staying in state to play in college?

Miller:  Yes – Goal is to earn an athletic grant to Northern Arizona University


CR: What would your top 6 college choices be? 

Miller: Northern Arizona, Montana State, Idaho, Rice, South Dakota State and Montana Tech. Reason, they are nationally ranked engineering schools. These schools have all inquired through my HS or club coaches. Two of the schools, I will be making unofficial visits in two weeks.   


CR: Who is the best player you ever played against? Why?

Miller: Ty Abbott, played against him three region games and practiced/played with him, all spring and summer. Great competitor. In addition, great person off the court.


CR: Name one opponent who you really respect and why?

Miller: Ty Abbott – Just a flat out warrior. Plus, was very complimentary of my performance in Central Region play last year.


CR: What Club Basketball team do you player for in the Spring and Summer?

Miller: Arizona Premier Basketball


CR: We know Basha has a new coach this year, can you tell us your thoughts and his name? 

Miller: Our new coach is Jeff Platt. Coach Platt, played four (4) years, for Tulsa University under current Kansas University Coach, Bill Self. Plus, he was a graduate assistant for Rob Evans at ASU and his father is currently coaching at West Point and has been a Division 1 head or assistant coach for over 20 years. Coach Platt, will prepare us to play all phases of the game. In addition, with his contacts nationally will help myself and my teammates look for basketball opportunities after high school. Not many programs or coaches in Arizona have the connections this young coach has. This unbelievable situation and great for the future of Basha HS.


CR: Have you noticed any major changes in his philosophy compared to last years coach?

Miller:  Structure and a heavy emphasis on fundamentals and a new defensive philosophy.


CR: How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?

Miller: Total team player with an extremely high basketball IQ for my grade.


CR: What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?

Miller: Strengths-- Perimeter shooting and seeing the floor. Weakness – Upper body strength, but will improve as I get older and more developed.


CR: Who is your favorite athlete and why?

Miller: Dirk Nowitzki – Great shooter and wants the ball in the crunch minutes.


CR: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Miller: Russ Pennell said – "Have confidence in yourself and the opportunities will be there because of my work ethic in the gym and in the classroom".


CR: Tell us what can we expect from your team this season?

Miller: With only two seniors this year and playing in the Central Region, I could see Basha going 14-11 and maybe getting into the top 16 in 5A1. Our defense will be the determining factor in our success.


CR: What position do you think you will play in college?

Miller: With probably my height being close to 6'7-8" in the next three years. Coach Platt & Pennell, see me playing the Wing/SF position.


CR: What can a college program expect from you as a player?

Miller: Great academic performance, hardworker, good citizen and fun to be around both on and off the court.


CR: What will the main factors be when you choose a school?

Miller:  Academic offerings, campus environment, outdoor activities and feel of the potential coaching staff. I'm open to attend almost anywhere in the country. Have had the opportunity to travel a lot of my young life with my family. Out of state education is really the only opportunity after HS to play basketball. Especially in Arizona.



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