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August 2, 2012
Utah guard commits to Utes
Brandon Miller made the decision to stay close to home and play for the Utes.Utah basketball landed another in-state commitment on Wednesday evening as Brighton High School combo guard
For Miller, the decision to play for Larry Krystkowiak was a natural one. "I think from day one meeting Coach K and Coach Connor, they made a good impression on me," Miller said. "They were very honest, very upfront about things. I really think they'll turn this thing around. I believe in that 100 percent, or I wouldn't have chosen Utah. It's also close to home. I have a lot of family here."
Miller's close relationship with the Utah coaching staff played a large role in his decision to become a Ute. Throughout the recruiting process, assistant coach Tommy Connor worked extensively to build a relationship with Miller. "As a person, I think [Coach Connor] is just a great guy. He's sincere about things. When he was recruiting me, he didn't try to be a salesperson to me and was honest. I went to their elite camp and was able to work with him. I also saw a lot of practices. I love his positive energy. He gets after it, but the thing I like most is his knowledge of the game. He's an ultimate teacher of the game and will play a very vital role in my development as a college player. I'm very excited to be coached by him," he explained.
Miller has also built a strong relationship with head coach Larry Krystkowiak and believes he has a solid plan in place to turn the struggling Utah program around.
"I think with the experience he has as a player and coach both at the college and pro level, I think that goes a long way for him. He knows how to win. I even looked back to last season. Obviously it was not the best season, but with what they had they made the most of what they could. I was at practice today and they were looking really good. I have a lot of faith an a lot trust in him as a coach," he said.
Miller is known as a standout shooter and prolific scorer, and he believes that he can continue that at the next level.
"I think I have a very diversified game. I can do a lot of things. One of my strengths is my shot and I think that I will be a scoring combo guard when I play for [the Utes]. I think I'll be shooting a lot of threes. That's just my game. I can come of screens and hit the three or do the two man game and pick and roll coming off the dribble. That was another thing that I liked about Utah is the way my game fits into system," he said.