Sunday, September 19, 2010

Recruiting News: Shonn Miller Says "Yes" to the Three-Peat Ivy Champions

Cornell received a commitment tonight from athletic guard-forward, Shonn Miller.

Evan Daniel of Scout.com first broke the public news of Cornell's recruiting pick-up of combo forward/guard, Shonn Miller, a 6’6" 195 lb. senior at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cornell Basketball Blog verified the commitment with several sources.

Miller was first recruited by Cornell's former coaching staff with the current staff continuing his courtship throughout the summer and fall.

As a high school junior at St. Ignatius, Miller averaged 13.8 points and 8.3 rebounds while shooting 63% from the field, 30% from beyond the arc and 86% from the charity stripe. He was named a 2009-2010 Associated Press Northeast Lakes All-District Second Team selection and Honorable Mention All-State Division I.

Despite incurring a fractured pelvis during the winter which limited his AAU exposure with his AAU team, the King James Shooting Stars, Miller's summer performances landed him numerous Division I offers including from Miami (OH), Toledo, Bucknell, Northeastern, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Columbia, Cleveland State, Akron, James Madison, and Lousiana-Lafayette, among others. Miller, who attended Cornell's Elite Camp, committed after visiting campus this weekend. He cancelled scheduled visits to Bucknell, Northeastern, and Miami. Miller previously visited Toledo. Other schools still in the mix and recruiting Miller were Miami (Fl and Notre Dame among other high level BCS programs.

Miller is an inside-outside athletic guard. He previously told Scout.com, “I can do it all. I can post up and play the perimeter. I am a good shooter from mid-range to 3.” As for weaknesses, 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. “I am a hard worker. Anything that needs to be done, I am willing to do it.”

Rick Bolus High Potential Basketball Recruiting Service ranks Miller among the top 75 players in Ohio while HoopScoop ranks him No. 334 in the nation (17th in Ohio).

Rated an 82 by ESPN Insiders/ScoutsInc., ESPN evaluated Miller as follows during April 2010: "Shonn is a skilled and athletic Small Forward. He plays mostly inside for his high school team out of necessity. On his summer team he is allowed to roam on the perimeter. Miller has solid athletic ability and decent foot speed. He is a solid shooter with his feet set all the way out to 20 feet. He has been soft in the past but he has definitely improved his toughness over the past year. Shonn is now a solid rebounder inside who will compete inside with other big men. He is a decent rebounder but the perimeter is his future. He is an ok defender that struggles some in space right now. He is more comfortable defending on the block right now. Shonn is talented and should be a solid Division I player."

Brian Snow of Rivals.com evaluated Miller during January 2010 and noted, "Miller is a big wing who has a lot of talent. An excellent athlete, Miller can hit threes as well as finish down low. The release on his shot is low, but it is effective as when he got his feet set the ball went down. Miller ended up finishing with a team high 15 points, and also added several rebounds. The next step for him will be finishing through contact better." Snow reevaluated Miller during July and noted, "The word coming out of Chicago was Miller turned the corner, and he showed again his improved play. Pushing 6-foot-6 with a great frame and big time athleticism, Miller has the physical ability to be a major contributor. On Monday he was hitting shots from the outside, finishing through contact, and also had a big dunk in transition. That aggressiveness needs to be there consistently, but he looked like a much improved player from the spring with his play."

Miller has a 3.4 GPA and scored a 1540 on the SAT. He is leaning toward majoring in business finance and is expected to enroll in Cornell's Dyson School of Business.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds solid. Welcome Shonn.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Another ultra athlete who will fit in well with guys like Peck and Gatlin.

Anonymous said...

What exactly does a verval commitment mean? is it pending acceptance and financial aid or?

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

A "verbal commitment" is just that, a verbal notification by the recruit that he/she intends on attending the University.

It does not implicate admissions or financial aid factors. In other words, a recruit can make a verbal commitment before or after admissions/financial aid determinations.

All recruits must be admitted and there have been cases of verbal commits being denied admissions. See Frank Ben Eze to Harvard three years ago as a very public example.

There are no binding commitments in the Ivy League. Thus, a verbal commitment (or even a written commitment) are not binding in any way.

Anonymous said...

1540 is terrible if it is all 3 sections. Good luck with admissions.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

just two sections converted score. He is not an admissions concern. Bright kid.

Anonymous said...

You should specify in the description that it is 2 sections, as the exam has changed.

Anonymous said...

Isn't the SAT out of 2400 now? So how does a 1540 rate?

Anonymous said...

1540 using just math/verbal is extremely good. 1540 using all three sections is extremely poor.

Anonymous said...

1540 using 3 sections is not poor. It's well above the national average, roughly equivalent to an 1120 before. That's not quite Cornell standard, but far from awful. There are non-athletes at Cornell with similar scores.

Anonymous said...

Didn't the blog just say it was out of TWO sections? Why are we still discussing this?

Anonymous said...

1540 combined score is terrible. You are looking at low 500s for each subsection, which is embarrassingly bad.

Anonymous said...

Yeah a 1540 is an insanely high score for two sections, this guy should get in easily

Anonymous said...

Harvard is stockpiling high-level big men. As we saw last year, a big man makes a huge difference in the Ivy League and Cornell will be sorely lacking in that area once Coury graduates. Is Cornell in the running for any significant big men, for example those with ESPN ratings of 80 plus (not that those ratings are spot-on, but they are one barometer to judge the level of recruit).

Anonymous said...

This seems to be a good kid who is coming from a good private high school out of ohio. According to their website, they are a blue ribbon school with a great national reputation. There is also an article on their website about this young man. He should make Cornell proud now and in the future. see link below:

http://www.ignatius.edu/s/237/cmsindex.aspx?sid=237&gid=1&pgid=976

Anonymous said...

ANON 6:09AM:

What am I missing? Please enumerate Harvard's "stockpile of high-level big men."

The Crimson frontcourt appears to be the thinnest in the Ivy League at the present time.

Anonymous said...

From an Ignatius fan...

Nice kid, reasonably bright kid...but no way is he a 1540 math/verbal (out of 1600). That's got to be his score on all three sections, which means roughly 510 on each. Maybe he will take the test again and move up 100 or 200.

His game...big leaper, hits 3's if left open. A little ungainly; also tends to do everything two handed. Still youngish looking. At Cornell, probably a 3.

Anonymous said...

Only at Cornell do they talk so much about his SAT. He's a good kid with a very good skill set.

Anonymous said...

I hope He doesn't outclass Cornell's academic and athletic program. Once he is exposed to the collegiate challenge he will prevail. This man is blessed and highly favoured. Also, numbers don't lie, the guy is intelligent and athletic. Mr. Miller excell at Cornell!!