Harvard men’s basketball coach Tommy Amaker has added a third player to his latest recruiting class.
Corbin Miller, a senior at Brighton High School (Salt Lake City, Utah) made a verbal commitment to the Crimson while on a visit to campus Saturday evening.
“Obviously, the academics were part of it. Also, I felt really good with the basketball program. It just fit me,” Miller said of the reasons for his decision.
“The bottom line is, he loves the way that Tommy Amaker plays out there,” added his father, Bret Miller, who is also an AAU coach. “From a basketball standpoint, coach Amaker was kind of the turning point, and then Harvard speaks for itself.”
The 6’2”, 175-lb. guard had been considering offers from Stanford, Boston College, Arizona State, Gonzaga, Utah, Utah State, BYU, and UNLV, among others. Vanderbilt had been recruiting him heavily but had not yet given him an offer.
Miller carries a rating of 90 by ESPN, which ranks him the No. 56 shooting guard nationally, and the Intermountain Hoops Scouting Service places him among the top five members of Utah’s class of 2011.
Though not the quickest player, Miller is a prolific shooter who averaged 16.1 points and 2.7 three-pointers per game as a junior last season.
“He’s a big-time shooter—he can shoot off the dribble; he can catch and shoot,” the elder Miller said. “He’s got NBA range...he has a high basketball IQ.”
It currently appears that Harvard will have the marksman’s services on the court for only a year before he takes time off from school.
“I’m thinking I’ll play a year, and then go on a [Church of Latter-day Saints] mission, so I”ll be gone for two years,” Miller said. “And then I”ll come back to Harvard.”
A 4.0 GPA-student, Miller will play both point guard and off the ball for an up-tempo Crimson team.
“I”m more than just a shooter,” said Miller, who joins Jonah Travis (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Kenyatta Smith (Brea, Calif.) in Harvard’s future class of 2015.
Miller was accompanied by two other high school seniors during his weekend trip to Cambridge.
One such visitor was Wesley Saunders, a 6’6”, 205-lb. small forward at Windward High School (Los Angeles, Calif.) ranked No. 20 at his position and No. 80 overall in the nation by Rivals. Saunders confirmed yesterday that he is down to five schools: Colorado, Harvard, Penn, Loyola Marymount, and USC.
“I’ve taken all my officials—I visited Penn, Colorado, Harvard and went on unofficials to USC and LMU,” Saunders said. “I’m just going to sit down with my parents and try to figure out which school I’ll be spending the next four years at.”