Today’s spotlight team is one the features on of the most important coaches in the AAU circuit and one of the best organizations. Lance Miller now has what is to be considered some of the best talent and players in Central Jersey. His 9th grade team has no peers when it comes to the overall talent and many are GYM RATS. They are the defending state champs in their age group and they have to set the standards for all others to follow. TEAM MILLER IS PART OF THE LIGHTING BASKETBALL FAMILY!
Before I start, I would like to clear up a little terminology. When I say a player is a lock Division one player, that means a player has an offer on the table or will have multiple D1 offers at some point.
When I call a player a GYM RAT, that is a player I SEE PERSONALLY, or on a CONSTANT basic against top talent in the gym. These players get outside there comfort zone and their work ethic is bigger than their ability. These players will be better in college than in high school and can play at a level HIGHER than their recruitment. I believe you build programs with gym rats…they have an added value that recruiters do not get to see. Gym Rats are tough to find as all coaches know.
9th Grade Tournament Schedule
|NJ Sparks||March 28-29||Paterson, NJ|
|Team Miller Pre-Easter||April 4||South Brunswick, NJ|
|Greensboro Spring Invite||April 24-26||Greensboro, NC|
|TeamMiller/Coaches Choice||May 2-3||Somerset, NJ|
|Hoop Group||May 30-31||Neptune, NJ|
|Coaches Choice||June 6-7||Kean University|
|TeamMiller/Team Sharp||June 20-21||Clark, NJ|
|Black Diamond||June 27-28||Scranton, PA|
|Blue Chip||July 5-8||Lancaster, PA|
|Battle in the Boro||July 10-13||Nashville, TN|
|GNBA Championship||July 23-25||Baltimore, MD|
|Blue Chip||July 26-28||Lancaster, PA|
Alexis Adams- 6’1- South Brunswick High School-Freshman- FORWARD
Diamond Miller-6’0″ 8th Grade-Franklin High School- COMBO Guard
She is only in 8th grade, she is one of the most talented players in the state…RIGHT NOW! Her size for a point guard is rare, but her understanding of the game for such a young player is even more rare. There is no question that she is a future BCS player. She is bigger every time I see her and she’s now starting to fill out…bad news across the state, if you play against her. Yes, she is the daughter of Lance Miller, and she is a rare jewel. Long and athletic she is a rare blend of speed, quickness, size and most importantly TALENT. The 6 foot guard can attack of the dribble of make threes. She can defend wing players, point guards and even act as a shot blocker on defense…Her impact across the state will be immediate that day she puts on a high school uniform.
Nicole Johnson -5’5″ Freshman- East Brunswick High School- Point Guard
In the words of Lance Miller “Nicole is a coaches dream when it comes to point guards”. Nicole Johnson better be on your mid major recruiting list. She had some big nights as freshman at East Brunswick. If Nicole Johnson was in the shore conference, make no mistakes, she would be 1st team All Freshman. Her quickness and passing skills in traffic is as good as any freshman you will see. But the shooting skills from three point line is really what separates her from so many kids. Her quickness allows her to guard speedy point guards and her ability to get over screens at such a young age is another added benefit. Nicole Johnson most likely will be named Player of the Year candidate one day. Like her brother, a Harvard grad, she is a A+ honor student. This is a cant miss kid, who mid major plus schools would be wise to start the recruiting process NOW. She is a TOTAL GYM
Brianna Maslonka-5’11”- Phillipsburg High School-FORWARD