Many schools tracking Glenelg Country's Miles
After Isaiah Miles' standout freshman season at Glenelg Country School last year, most people expected him to develop into a high-major Division I recruit.
Now it’s official. Miles, a 6-foot-7, 190-pound sophomore forward, drew “probably 10-15” Division I coaches to the Glenelg Country open gyms this fall, according to Dragons coach Charlie Stewart. In talking with the coaches, Stewart said the consensus was that Miles is “a big-time Division I player.”
“Maryland was out, the University of Washington, Penn State, Xavier has been there from day one, Richmond really likes him a lot ... [and] UMass has been very actively recruiting him,” Stewart said. “So he’s gotten a wide amount of interest from pretty much every major conference. It’s been very exciting for him to get across-the-board, high-major interest from virtually every major basketball conference.”
A strong showing this summer with Nike Baltimore Elite ensured Miles’ status as a high-major recruit. He positioned himself as a definite top 100 -- if not top 50 -- prospect in the 2012 class. Still, having so many big programs visit Glenelg Country was startling at first.
“Maryland was a big deal, obviously,” Stewart said. “To get them out, being the local school [was great]. He had a chance to go to Maryland Madness and was very impressed with obviously the school and the coaches. So it was a big deal to have Maryland out and be interested in him. But the University of Washington was great and Xavier likes him ... and was really the first school that showed serious interest. They’ve seen him in our gym probably five times last year. They’re a great program as well.”
Maryland assistant coach Rob Ehsan has been the point man for the Terps with Miles early on in his recruitment. According to Stewart, Ehsan has made a strong impression thus far.
“Coach Ehsan came up and watched Isaiah work out,” Stewart said. “We talked for a good bit about how they’re interested and that recruiting local kids is very important to their success. Isaiah knows a lot of their guys. He knows Sean Mosley just from playing on the AAU circuit over the years. So immediately when Maryland came, that made an impact on him. I probably have to say that [the Terps] are at the front of the pack, just because they carry a lot of weight around here and they’ve certainly done a good job in just the short period that they have been recruiting him actively.”
While college coaches came to see Miles and came away impressed, they were also intrigued by Warren Powers, a freshman wing who came to Glenelg Country for the strong academics and to play in the dribble-drive offense. Stewart said Powers is a definite “high-major Division I kid.”
“Warren is 6’4, 205 or 210 pounds. He is very, very well built for a kid that’s 14-years-old,” Stewart said. “He jumps well, dunks the ball with two hands, handles the ball really well and has pretty good perimeter fundamentals for a kid that has played inside his whole career. ... We’ve had Warren go up against Isaiah [in open gyms] and he’s really challenging Isaiah. He’s not able to score on Isaiah all the time, but he has shown some flashes of brilliance. His stock continues to rise every day.”
As for Miles, he’s already improved a great deal in a short amount of time. Stewart expects Miles -- who averaged 11 points, eight rebounds and two blocks per game as a freshman -- to take additional steps forward this year.
“It’s amazing how much he’s improved,” Stewart said. “Last season, he was just a 14-year-old pup getting pushed around a little bit at times by some of the older guys. Now he’s put on probably 15 pounds of muscle before the start of this season. He has a long way to go physically but his physical maturation in the weight room has been invaluable to his improvement. ... When the college coaches see a 15-year-old who is 6’7, who can dribble inside the 3-point line and dunk or pull up in transition and hit a 3, those are the things that correlate to a high Division I-level college player. He still has a long ways to go, and he’d be the first person to tell you that. But he’ll continue to get better.”