Nate Miles, the talented yet mercurial University of Connecticut recruit, has been dismissed from The Patterson School basketball team in Lenoir, N.C.
However, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation, it wasn’t a disciplinary action, but rather an attempt to allow Miles to concentrate on his academics over the final two weeks of classes. UConn is hoping Miles will be able to enroll at the university for the second semester and join the team.
“It wasn’t a negative thing,” said the source. “The coaches are still there for him.”
Miles, a 6-foot-6 swingman, is at his sixth different school in the last four-plus years. He is considered a postgraduate student. Before he’s able to enroll at UConn, he must shore up his academics at Patterson and pass NCAA Clearinghouse standards.
Miles was heavily recruited by Tom Moore, the former UConn assistant who is now the head man at Quinnipiac. He’s also close with Beau Archibald, UConn’s first-year director of basketball operations. One of Miles’ many outposts, the Cornerstone Christian School in San Antonio, is right down the road from the University of Texas-San Antonio, where Archibald was an assistant in 2005-06.
Miles is also well-known by many current UConn players, leading some to believe that he’ll be able to make a seamless transition onto the team, even if he becomes the focal point of the Huskies’ offense.
The Huskies are focusing a great deal of their recruiting efforts on Ater Majok, a power forward from Australia via The Sudan. Majok stands at 6-foot-10 but boasts a 7-foot-4 wingspan and is generating a lot of interest from schools while playing for a club team down in Virgina. He is a Class of 2008 player who has been sending his schoolwork back to Australia via the Internet.
Majok will fly home to Australia on Sunday for a month. He’ll make an official visit to UConn upon his return, probably some time in late-January. Matok has already made an official visit to Maryland and an unofficial to Baylor.
Said one source: “He’s real skilled. If he was (in the United States) the whole year, he would be a top-five (recruit).”
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