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Taking over games might not be the mentality of 6’1 forward Nile Miller yet but she clearly has the ability to do so.
Nile headlines the frontcourt for Paul VI High School in Haddonfield, New Jersey. The South Jersey program was ranked in the top 10 overall by NJ.com before the season and finished a limited 2021 pandemic season with a 14-2 record at the top of their conference.
In that span, Nile scored over 100 points and grabbed over 100 rebounds, which she’s done every season of her high school career. She also finished with 42 steals and 16 blocks in those 16 games.
Her length and size make her presence fascinating to the basketball eye. Add her skill and motor and you’ll see dominant spurts from Nile that could include rebounds, blocks, threes, pushing the ball in transition, or anything else she can do to impact the game.
She can impact every layer of the game similar to Candace Parker. Her final polish will be a scary sight for years to come.
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One of Nile’s best games I saw came in a win against Stuart Day in February. Matched up against Georgetown bound forward Ariel Jenkins, Nile finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, and four steals. She led the game-changing swing for Paul VI in the third quarter scoring 10 of their 14 points during a 14-2 run.
You can sense that Nile is still developing and even understanding her own ability.
That doesn’t keep her from pulling off high-level offensive moves like this one:
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Nile causes disruption at the top of Paul VI’s press when she harasses the inbounder with her length, tracing the ball with wide hands and causing deflections that lead to turnovers.
Paul VI head coach Lisa Steele believes that Nile is still realizing her potential, but what she’s doing now is enough to “win at the high level and garner interest from college coaches.”
She moves really well without the ball. I don’t even know if she knows she’s doing it, but she tracks rebounds really well, Steele said by phone.
It’s just a natural gift for her.. she kind of knows where to move to get the ball.
Coach Steele says Nile “has fun with it; just performs out there.” Intangible praise from a coach who played at the Division-1 level herself at George Washington.
And she does things that don’t always show up on the stat sheet too. She’ll score a flurry of points but she’ll have games where she might have four to eight points and still just majorly impact games.
Watching the film it’s clear at the heart of Nile’s game is a gift and feel for passing the basketball. She makes the pitch-ahead pass in transition, finds cutters in the half-court, and threads legitimate needles on occasion, and her versatility turns her into a mismatch weapon for Paul VI.
Coach Steele tells me Nile had interest from the ACC to MEAC and Ivy League. After a breakout sophomore season last year, Steele knows that Nile would have turned heads with a summer of AAU were it not for the pandemic shutdown last year.
Losing out on that exposure and development wasn’t exactly ideal timing for the young “baby deer” as Coach Steele described her.
She’s still on the radar as coaches are navigating new recruiting environments.
Whether you’re a coach or a player or a casual fan, just make sure you watch out for Nile Miller.