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St. John's basketball recruiting: lanky rebounder Dane Miller off the board

Dane Miller Dunk2009 recruit Dane Miller commits to Rutgers:

Dane Miller, one of top basketball recruits in the Northeast, has a message for his peers in the high school junior class: Why not come to Rutgers?

"Now that I committed, maybe more of the top kids will think about it," said Miller, a junior at Rush-Henrietta High near Rochester, N.Y., who notified Rutgers coach Fred Hill and assistant Jim Carr of his commitment Thursday.

Rutgers' first recruit for the 2009 incoming class is a good one, judging by the consensus of scouting services. Rivals.com ranks the 6-foot-7, 210-pound Miller as the 77th-best junior and the 12th-ranked small forward nationally.

Tom Konchalski, longtime publisher of the High School Basketball Insider Report, ranks Miller among top 13 juniors on the East Coast. ESPN Insider's Norm Eavenson said Miller projects as a "high-major Division I" prospect and a top-75 national recruit.

"He's a smooth and versatile athlete who projects as a three (small forward) or four (power forward) in the Big East," Eavenson said. "He's definitely a Big East prospect, and to get a guy of this caliber out of the shadows of the Syracuse-area is a major accomplishment for Rutgers."...

"I just felt real comfortable with Coach Carr and Coach Hill," said Miller, who drew interest from several Big East schools, including St. John's, Providence, West Virginia and Cincinnati. "They've been on me for a while, probably since the summer. I know they're struggling lately, but hopefully I can help them turn it around down there."

Previous article on Dane Miller here.