Miller talks Toppers, recruiting

Miller talks Toppers, recruiting

JUCO guard averages over 19 points per game, 45 percent from three-point range at Motlow State.

Motlow State C.C guard Dequon Miller's recruitment to Western Kentucky just began this week.

But he's been familiar with the Hilltoppers for years.

The 5-foot-11 guard's uncle, Cookie Miller, played for Nebraska when the Huskers visited Diddle Arena on Jan. 6, 2007.

"I watched him (Miller's uncle) and Courtney Lee play at Western Kentucky," the JUCO standout said. "That's when I first knew about Courtney Lee.

"I was in the front row. The atmosphere was crazy man, crazy, there was a lot of people."

A quick glance at Dequon Miller's statline shows why the Toppers' are jumping into the mix for his recruitment.

19.7 points and 7 assists per game. 48 percent from the field, and a blazing 45 percent from three-point range. 85 percent from free throws.

WKU coaches have been talking to Motlow State's head coach about Miller for a while, the JUCO guard said, and they finally reached out to him on Tuesday.

"I talked to Coach (Shawn) Forrest and Coach (Ray) Harper for probably 25, 30 minutes," Miller said. "We had a really good conversation.

"That was my first time talking with Coach Harper, I liked him and and Forrest man, they were really cool dudes.

"I was telling my coach yesterday, I told him how much I liked Harper and how I'm definitely taking a visit there after the season."

Ole Miss has already offered the Motlow star, in addition to Washington State and North Texas showing interest, among others.

Since he's only a freshman, he has the option to return to Motlow as a sophomore, or leave after this season and have three years to play at a four-year school.

"I'm floating back and forth between staying another year or not," Miller said. "I'm not high in the rankings right now, but I know if I stay another year, I'll be a top PG in the nation.

"So right now I'm floating back and forth with it, seeing what I'm gonna do."

Mesa College guard Novian Cherry, who lists WKU as his leader, is close friends with Miller.

Could the duo become a package deal to the Hill?

"Coach Forrest was telling me about how they're recruiting me, about coming to see me play," he said. "Then we talked about my boy Novian (Cherry), that's like my best friend, my brother from another mother.

"That's my right hand (Cherry). But we started talking about how they were recruiting him too. Then I talked to Harper, he's a funny dude. He told me they need a dude like me that can score and get people involved, said he'd come see me next Wednesday (Feb. 19) against Jackson State, he told my Coach he might bring me home with him."

Miller said he'll wait until his season concludes to take any college visits, adding the Toppers are one school he definitely wants to see.

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