Shonn Miller (6’6”/193 lbs) of St. Ignatius High in Cleveland, Ohio says that he is underrated. This gives him extra motivation on the court to market his game to the world. After he played his way this past winter and summer into the recruiting radar of the Miami-OH basketball staff, it appears that the RedHawks have bought what Shonn was selling.
Last year for Ignatius, Miller averaged 13.8 points and 8.3 rebounds. He shot 63% from the field, 30% from beyond the arc, and an impressive 86% from the charity stripe. The 2011 wing has set a goal of winning the Ohio Division I state title this year.
Despite incurring a fractured pelvis in February that impeded his play well into the AAU season, Miller still played well enough to earn nine offers including one from Miami.
Miller is now a prime target for the Miami RedHawks in the current senior class. Besides Miami, he currently holds scholarship offers from Cornell, Toledo, Bucknell, Northeastern, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Columbia, and Akron. Cleveland State has also showed some interest.
Miller has made a recent unofficial visit to Miami and attended a camp at Cornell. He plans on taking an official visit to Cornell on September 17. He will then make official visits to Bucknell, Northeastern, and Miami.
Although he has not eliminated any schools, Miller listed his top four at the moment as “Cornell, Miami, Northeastern, and Columbia.”
Academically, Miller has a 3.4 GPA and scored a 1540 on the SAT. He is leaning toward majoring in business finance. He is looking for a school with a strong business program. That may be one of the reasons Miami made his top 4.
In BusinessWeek magazine's latest ranking (2010) of undergraduate business programs, Miami's Richard T. Farmer School of Business is ranked among the nation's top 5%. BusinessWeek also ranked the business school 6th in the nation among public universities.
On his unofficial visit to Miami on August 14th, he toured the new business school building and the campus. Miller said of his visit, “I liked it. I enjoyed my time down there. The business school was really nice. I liked the campus. It had a traditional feel to it.” Miller also spoke highly of Head Coach Charlie Coles and his coaching staff.
Miller, a self proclaimed basketball historian, says he is comparable to former NBA greats Scott Pippen and John Havlicek. Miller explained, “I can do it all. I can post up and play the perimeter. I am a good shooter from mid-range to 3.” He says he needs to be more aggressive and drive more often. .
He also says one of his best attributes as a player in his work ethic. Miller said, “I am a hard worker. Anything that needs to be done, I am willing to do it.”
Although he plays the 3 and 4 positions in high school, Miller says in college he is expecting to play mostly the 2 and 3 spots.
Outside of basketball, Miller has done his share of charity work. As part of his school’s community service requirement, he has worked on Sunday’s passing food out to the homeless.
Stay tuned to RedHawk Insider as we follow Shonn Miller in the future.
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