Throughout the winter, the Pitt basketball staff has only offered a few players in the senior class, headlined by top-100 guard Desmond Claude.
However, one of those players that may have gotten lost in the season’s news, has become a major target for the Pitt staff as of late.
Leonard Miller, a senior wing prospect out of Canada, picked up a Pitt offer just over one month ago.
Miller stands at 6-foot-11, yes, 6-foot-11, and has a 7-foot-2 wingspan. Both his length and his versatile offensive skill set have earned him offers from many division one programs in the country over the past few months, and that list includes Pitt.
Miller has been consistently putting up big-time numbers this season, specifically scoring-wise.
“I feel that my best strengths on the court involve my versatility,” Miller told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I can guard multiple positions and contribute on the offense in a variety of ways, doing nothing but helping the team. I also have a great feel for the game and even though I can really put that thang in the net, I can really find guys and pass the rock very well as well.”
Miller plays for Fort Erie International Academy in Fort Erie, Ontario, where he has shined this year. His play has earned him offers from Kansas, LSU, Alabama, Pitt, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, and more. He’s heard from Gonzaga. He has blown up on the recruiting scene, but yet, somehow, is still not ranked on any recruiting site, and is still not a household name in the class of 2022.
“My goals for the rest of the season include becoming as pro as I can be not only on the court, but also off the court as well,” Miller said. “And then also have a pro mentality with the things I approach. Being regarded as one of the best in the world as a debate for a guy my age is also something I want to see happen. I mean.. I just want to get better and better, so if by the end of the season I can reflect and see the growth that I’ve made within the course of time, then that would be amazing. Some team goals include winning first ever OSBA title for the school I’m at and potentially even a Grind Session championship as well.”
With a crowded recruitment and only months to decide where he will be spending his college years, Miller has his eyes set on what he wants from a school.
“I’m looking for a place at home,” he said. “Somewhere where I feel happy and a place where I love being every day. I’m also looking for the right people that hold me accountable and bring out the best in me. In terms of the environment or area, it doesn’t really matter. I’m content with anything and for me I’ll just settle into my role anywhere I go really. My recruitment has gone really well and I’ve been in contact with a bunch of coaches that see talent in a kid like me and that’s amazing to know, but I still try to remain humble and keep working so I can continue to get better and better.”
For Pitt, the first thought is that it is going to be tough to land someone with that high-caliber of offers on the table. However, throughout the recruitment process, Miller has developed an excellent relationship with associate head coach Milan Brown, along with other staff members, and sounds like he is open to all options at the moment.
“Yeah, they [Pitt] are interested and they express their need for me and how I can flourish as a player over at Pitt,” Miller said about the Panthers program. “I’ve talked with Coach Brown and other staff. The conversations have gone great and we’ve built a pretty solid relationship. Of course we’re continuing to build, but yeah, Pitt’s still recruiting me and I love the program and what they got going on.”
As for a visit, does Miller plan to make the trip down to Pittsburgh any time soon?
“I’d love to and hopefully we can potentially organize a date where that can happen,” he said. “But as of right now, I’m just focusing on basketball and continuing to play at a high level so I haven’t really been rushing to go on any visits.”
Check out Miller’s highlight tape below.