Daxter Miles came to IMG Academy after a couple of seasons of basketball in Baltimore. He decided to come down here to raise his exposure in an attempt to gain more high profile scholarships. So far the move has worked as he has been contacted by high profile D1 schools including Maryland and Florida.
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âI heard it's a good place to be. I had to see for myself,â said Miles, who started school in September. âI looked up the website on the internet and took a big risk. I didn't know anything about IMG. I did some research about it, and major people, high-quality people come down here to train here.â
The reasons for Miles' departure from Baltimore were simple. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound guard wanted to focus more on academics and get more exposure for his game. Miles said both goals have been accomplished so far.
âIt's going to give me a better education and strengthen my brand,â Miles said. âAs far as exposure-wise, it definitely got me a lot of looks from colleges since I've been out here. Eventually, I felt like colleges would find me because I was working hard.â
Miles wasn't exactly an unknown commodity before he got to IMG - although the Florida school has undoubtedly raised his profile. Playing for Nike Baltimore Elite this summer put him on the high-major radar. Miles teamed with Mount St. Joseph's Kameron Williams and Vermont Academy's Daquein McNeil to form one of the most effective guard trios on the 16-and-under Nike Elite Youth Basketball League circuit. All three Baltimore natives are high-major prospects.
âPlaying with those guys, we're not selfish players,â Miles said. âWhen Daquein's having a good game, we get the ball to him. If it was Kam, we get the ball to him. If it was me, I got the ball. â¦ We're pretty close. I talk to Day-Day every three days. We definitely stay in touch. And Kam, we're still close.â
Thanks to his play with Nike Baltimore Elite - and an impressive start to his junior season with IMG - Miles has received interest from numerous high- and mid-major schools, including Arkansas, Florida, George Mason, Illinois, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Nebraska, South Florida, UCLA, Virginia Tech, Washington and West Virginia.
Miles said he'd like to hear from Syracuse, but of the schools that are currently recruiting him, Maryland and Miami stand out. The East Baltimore native said he thinks the Terps are âabout to offer.â
âMaryland, they're doing their job as far as recruiting,â Miles said. âThey say they definitely need me. They need a guard that's got my potential.â