Illini forge ahead in pursuit of Morgan Park's Miller

Illini forge ahead in pursuit of Morgan Park's Miller

CHICAGO — Adam Miller is going to have some "sophomore" moments this season. Like early against Champaign Central in the Chicago Elite Classic on Dec. 2, where he picked up two quick fouls and spent most of the first half on the bench.

Miller will also have moments that showcase exactly why he's a consensus top-40 player in the 2020 class and ranked as high as No. 23 in the country by ESPN.

Like the second half against Central where he combined a quick trigger on his smooth lefty jump shot and the occasional drive to the basket to finish with 18 points in the Morgan Park win.

"For a sophomore to go through that and have a strong second half like that, that's great," Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin said. "Adam Miller can get his shot off on anybody on any level right now because he's that talented and that good."

Miller was thrust into a lead role last season as a freshman at Peoria Manual with key seniors Da'Monte Williams, Roman Douglas-Watkins and A.J. Youngman all out with injuries.

He averaged 9.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and just more than one assist per game.

Miller transferred to Morgan Park during the summer after his family moved to Chicago.

"It was a little rough at first, but I'm loving it," Miller said of his transition from Peoria to Chicago. "I'm loving the process and coming in here and joining a great program and doing what I can do so we can win."

With Nimari Burnett — a top 2020 prospect for the Mustangs last season — a top 2020 prospect for the Mustangs last season — moving to California this past summer, it created a spot in the Morgan Park backcourt alongside five-star guard Ayo Dosunmu.

It’s one Miller has filled admirably after Dosunmu and Burnett helped lead Morgan Park to last year’s Class 3A state title, with the latter taking over in the title game with Dosunmu sidelined by a broken bone in his foot.

“Adam is an NBA player,” Irvin said. “Adam’s going to be a pro when his time comes. He puts his imprint on the game at both ends of the floor — offense and defense. It’s a treat to coach him because he doesn’t complain. He’s very coachable. He’s a great kid.”

With the 6-foot-3 Miller acting as another ball handler, Morgan Park can move Dosunmu off the ball at times to utilize him more as a scorer. Or Dosunmu can run the Mustangs’ offense, and Miller gets the same opportunity.

“I can just go in the corner, be ready to shoot and let him go to work,” Dosunmu said. “He gives me a rest on the floor. He can take over the game at any time.”

Irvin can already see some similarities between Miller and Dosunmu in how they approach the game.

“Adam, with any team, would make them that much better because that’s who he is,” Irvin said. “He loves the moment. He’s just like Ayo — they both love the moment.”

Miller is a five-star prospect in the 2020 class per ESPN and ranked as a four-star recruit by both Rivals and 247Sports. He holds offers from Illinois — his first — Kansas, Oklahoma State, Wake Forest and Memphis.

Miller said he didn’t have any recruiting updates at this point of his sophomore season and mentioned that he didn’t have a dream school. 

At least not yet. 

But after teaming with Williams for a season and this year with Dosunmu, he’s getting to know about Illinois.

“They’re always right there,” Miller said of the Illini coaches. “I know they’re right in my corner.”

Dosunmu’s doing a little recruiting, too.

“He’s always nudging it in there,” Miller said.

“I tell Adam all the time I think he’s going to end up in orange and blue,” Dosunmu added. “I’m the big brother. He’s going to see how they treat me and how good I do, hopefully, and he’ll come along.”