Raleigh-Egypt High School (31-2) from Memphis, Tenn., secured a spot in the Elite Eight of the Tennessee State Championship with an easy 85-52 win over Ripley High School. UAB bound Lawrence Kinnard is the primary scorer in the Pharaoh's attack, but the man making the plays from the point guard position is sophomore Maurice Miller. Well built at 6-foot-2, 181-pounds, Miller excels at distributing the ball and has quite a few schools seeking his service.
"Right now I'm wide open," said Miller. "I'm mainly focused on school ball and trying to win state. Oklahoma, UAB, Louisville and Stanford have been recruiting me the hardest, but I'm getting interest from a lot of schools."
With Miller being a 2007 prospect playing in talent laden Memphis, it is not always easy to distinguish which prospects are being watched by which coaching staffs. Miller, however, named Connecticut, Colorado, Purdue, Illinois, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Alabama, South Carolina and Southern Illinois as schools that have been to at least one of his games this year.
Miller, who is averaging 15 points and 12 assists per game in the high powered Raleigh-Egypt offensive attack, is also coming off a very successful summer campaign. He played well at the Nike Hoop Jamboree and then led his Memphis Magic AAU team to a 15-under AAU National Championship.
Very strong with the ball, Miller can go either direction with authority while seeing the court all the while. He is also a strong defender and rebounder. He is best at scoring from midrange and closer, but he is working to improve his long range shot and turn it into more of a jump shot.
"I have a nice shot, but coach [Jimmy Adams] is teaching me to get some lift on my jumper, especially when I come of screens," he said. "What got me where I'm at now is my ability to see the floor and my unselfishness. It's my job to get my teammates involved.
"I feel I can take over when I have to, but it usually doesn't come to that. I'd rather have three points and 18 assists. That means I'm doing my job."
The well spoken and unselfish Miller is also a star in the classroom with a 4.3 GPA.