Monday, June 21, 2004

Recruiting - Hoops

Update on CJ Miles, who all along has considered himself a package deal with Kevin Rogers. GT has offered both players, but it looks like their stance of playing together is lightening up. Story here.

C.J. Miles of Dallas might be softening on the stance that any team that hopes to sign him must also award a scholarship to his hometown friend, Kevin Rogers.

Miles, a 6-foot-7 wing forward, is ranked the 15th-best junior in the nation by recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons. Rogers is a 6-9 center who isn't quite a top-100 prospect but possesses Division I-caliber talent.

According to Miles, his favorite schools -- Arizona, Georgia Tech, Kansas, North Carolina and Texas -- all have offered scholarships to both players.

Miles, though, wants to choose a school before his high school basketball season begins, though, and he said he wasn't sure Rogers would be ready to take official visits with him in the fall.

Playing together "is what we're trying to do," Miles said, "but it's getting kind of shaky now."

Miles is playing on a talented team at the NBA Players Association Top 100 camp this week with top-rated junior Tasmin Mitchell, North Carolina point guard commitment Bobby Frasor and guard O.J. Mayo of Cincinnati, who might be the top player in the Class of 2007.

Known for his scoring, Miles made an impression with his defense by overplaying passing lanes for steals that led to layups. He said he had improved his defense by guarding the opposing team's best player in every game possible.

"That's one thing I worked on the most, and that's what I came out here to prove to everybody," Miles said. "I've been scoring, and now I'm trying to guard.