After an impressive performance at the Hoophall Classic, 2014 New Hampton (N.H.) School forward Tory Miller has seen his stock rise and has received a number of new offers.
Miller is a reclassified junior.
The 6-foot-8, 235-pounder scored 10 points on 5-of-12 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds against one of the top teams in the country in Huntington Prep.
“It was a great experience playing against (2013 No. 1 overall player) Andrew Wiggins. That game was the biggest stage I’ve played on thus far,” said Miller. “It was a blessing; we suffered a tough loss but we bounced back.”
After his performance, a number of teams jumped in and offered, including Penn State, Villanova, Marquette and Providence.
The Nittany Lions saw the reclassified junior play at the Hoophall in Massachusetts last week, and Miller was able to learn more about the coaches.
“Coach (Patrick) Chambers and Coach (Keith) Urgo were the two coaches I talked to from Penn State,” recalled Miller. “They were just complimenting me on how well I played at the Hoophall. They offered me. Both are real good guys.”
Another offer that came through was one the three-star forward wasn’t expecting.
“Marquette really stood out to me. I didn’t see that offer coming,” admitted Miller. “That was really a shocker to me. I was excited.”
So far, New Hampton has played well, amassing a 9-6 record against a national schedule. Miller took some time to describe his game and what he does well.
“I’m the guy who does a lot of the dirty work - rebounding, setting screens, boxing out guys, taking on the other team’s biggest guy,” said Miller. “I like doing the things other guys don’t want to do, like holding that box out a little bit longer, diving on the floor for that loose ball, maybe get into the occasional argument with the other player."
Going forward, Miller is looking to expand his game further, adding more of a face-up aspect to his skill set in order to be a threat in the pick-and-pop.
As the season progresses, the 2014 big man is looking to finish out the season with New Hampton on a high note and isn’t thinking about committing any time soon.
“I’m probably going to wait as long as possible before committing,” he said. “The longer I wait the longer the list will be, and the better relationship I’ll have with all the coaches.”
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