Monday, October 27, 2008

United Faith's Miller commits to FSU

United Faith Christian junior basketball player Ian Miller has verbally committed to Florida State, his mother, Cheryl Miller, said.

Miller, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound combo guard, averaged 25 points per game as a sophomore at South Mecklenburg last season. He was named to the All-Charlotte Observer team before transferring to United Faith, in south Charlotte, over the summer.

Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton coached Miller’s father, Julian Miller, at Austin Peay in the early ‘70s.

“Academically he looked at their curriculum for athletes and he thought it was top of the line,” Cheryl Miller said of her son. “He liked atmosphere, the people, the coaching staff and the environment.”

National recruiting analyst Dave Telep of ranks Miller 56th in the nation among juniors and fourth in North Carolina behind Kinston’s Reggie Bullock, a 6-6 forward; Winston-Salem Mount Tabor’s C.J. Leslie, a 6-3 point guard; and Concord Cannon’s Jarell Eddie, a 6-7 wing.

“Florida State is getting a guy who can flat out score,” Telep said. “He’s developed into a really strong scoring combo guard who may have a chance to steal some legitimate minutes at the point. This is a guy who keeps getting better. That’s a big pickup for Florida State to go into North Carolina and dig him out.”

-- Langston Wertz Jr.