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August 2, 2012

Utah guard commits to Utes

Utah basketball landed another in-state commitment on Wednesday evening as Brighton High School combo guard Brandon Miller made the decision to stay close to home and play for the Utes.

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.


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