The Green Bay Phoenix coaching staff may have found a potential diamond in the rough.
The Phoenix have signed 6’3” guard Jiovanni Miles, according to his former high school coach.
The 2019 prospect, who played at Novi High School – the same school as teammate Kameron Hankerson and current Oakland guard Tray Maddox – will walk-on this season as a freshman and is enrolled in classes which began Tuesday.
The Michigan native is coming off a successful senior season at Novi where he led his team in scoring at 17.7 points per game while chipping in 6.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.9 steals per contest.
“Jio had a great all around year, and his most efficient games were our most efficient and successful games,” first year Novi head coach Chris Housey said. “He has a high basketball IQ, and he received the majority of attention against opposing defenses and still led us in scoring.”
He was named All-Conference in the KLAA this past season as well as First Team All-North and Honorable Mention All-State by the Detroit Free Press.
Miles is player that could potentially contribute minutes and production despite his walk-on status. As a high school sophomore, several outlets considered him one of the top prospects in the state of Michigan’s 2019 high school class with BankHoops.com even naming him the top guard in the state’s class.
In the summer of 2017, North Dakota, Detroit Mercy, and Central Michigan all extended scholarship offers but CMU’s interest cooled and UND and UDM both went through coaching changes.
“He is smooth when attacking the basket and dangerous from deep,” reads a 2018 scouting report from PrepHoops.com. “Miles has the ability to thrive in transition as well as from an offensive threat.”
He will join a freshman class that includes 3-star guard Amari Davis, 6’6” wing Japannah Kellogg, and fellow walk-on Lucas Stieber, the reigning Wisconsin high school senior Defensive Player of the Year.
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