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Brandon Miller narrows list to 8; Kentucky makes the cut

Miller is one of the most versatile players in his class.

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On Friday, the Big Blue Nation’s attention was squarely focused Jalen Duren’s commitment.

Despite less than favorable news on that front, there were some positive developments on the recruiting trail.

Class of 2022 forward Brandon Miller narrowed down his list to eight schools, and you guessed it: Kentucky made the cut.

Miller is considered to be one of the top wing players in the class and littered with superstar potential. One reason that experts believe his ceiling is so high is due to his tenacity as a defender.

At 6-foot-9 and 200 pounds, Miller has the foot speed and agility to guard multiple positions on the floor.

By all indications, he’ll wind up as one of the top defensive prospects in his class. Currently, 247 Sports ranks him as 15th-best prospect in 2022 and the fifth-best small forward.

Miller plays for Cane Ridge High School in Antioch (TN), where he’ll enter his senior season as the top-rated player in the state.

How does Kentucky fit in?

Miller’s list included Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee, Kansas, Florida, Tennessee State, the NBA G-League and the NBL.

It’s no surprise to continue to see the professional options on the table for the top prospects. So that route will always be something to keep your eye on.

Calipari offered Miller a scholarship back in mid-May and then took an official visit to Lexington June 26th.

Along with Kentucky he visited Tennessee, Tennessee State, Alabama and Auburn in the month of June.

So despite his plans to commit in the early signing period, there is still a long way to go in his recruitment.

Miller really skyrocketed his stock over the summer by being named to the second-team all EYBL after averaging 12.4 points and 7.7 rebounds in the circuit. He’d end the AAU season strong at the Peach Jam leading his team to the Finals where he’d finish with an 11 point 11 rebound double-double.

There’s always room on a John Calipari roster for a 6-foot-9 wing with a huge upside. Keep an eye on Brandon Miller’s development heading into the winter. He should end up as a McDonald’s All-American, and a top-10 ranking isn’t out of the question.

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