The spring always yields new names on the high-major radar and one player to keep an eye on is Dane Miller. The 6-foot-6 wing from Rush Henrietta High School in Rochester, N.Y. emerged as a good looking player from the class of 2009.
Miller is making the transition from regional star to national name. He did so playing with the Donyell Marshall Foundation this spring. He helped his club win the Providence Jam Fest and ended his high school season on a high note.
"I think I played really good and helped myself by playing hard at every position," Miller said. "Coach told me to go out there and take a leadership role. At my high school, I'm one of the younger guys but I'm the leader of that team, too. It comes easy to me. I want to go out and play hard and help us win."
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Miller said he has heard from Syracuse, Penn State, Cincinnati, West Virginia, St. Bonaventure, Seton Hall, Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Georgia Tech to date. No one has formally offered him, yet, he said. However, if he continues to play the way he did in April, receiving offers won't be a problem.
Miller said he's been to Syracuse for a number of games and plays on attending the Orange's camp this summer.
Miller, a pillar of versatility, average 18 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists, five blocks and five steals a game as a sophomore. Miller said his ability to play multiple positions is his best strength.
"I can do everything. If a kid is too little, I take him too the block. If he's too big, I'll take him out to the perimeter," he said. "My main thing is passing the ball. I love passing the ball. I feel like I have great court vision. I think I'm like a point forward."
Moving ahead, Miller said he wants to continue on what he has been able to do so far this spring and focus on a couple of goals.
"One, is definitely to get my stock up college wise. Two, I want to get better and better. I want to improve before I get into the high school season as a junior," he said. "I want to handle better, improve my jump shot and work on my defense. And my conditioning. You can never stop working."