Mac goes Miles for new recruit

Players from the greater Hamilton area have always been a big part of the McMaster men’s basketball team and coach Amos Connolly is pleased the tradition will continue with the commitment of Westmount Wildcat James Miles, the team’s latest recruit.

One of Connolly’s goals in recruiting was to add some depth to the Marauder front court and he says Miles will be a solid addition to the roster.

“James joins us after a standout high school career, and brings a skill set that is already (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) calibre. He has good hands and moves on the inside, coupled with the ability to shoot from long-range.“

A 6-foot-6 forward, Miles helped his Westmount team to the 2012 Hamilton Public School senior boys’ city championship and to the 2013 senior boys’ Hamilton city tournament title for public schools.

”McMaster offers some of the best education available and is well known around the world,” said Miles on his decision to join the Maroon. “It’s also close to home, the program is already elite and getting better, and all the coaches and players made me feel welcome, which made my choice much easier.

“After debating several universities, the choice always seemed to come back to McMaster.”

A two-time member of the Hamilton Public School All-Star Team, Miles is looking forward to playing at the next level. “I’m ready to contribute any way I can, whether it’s rebounding, interior defense, scoring or hustle points…I’m just excited to contribute.”

“James can provide match-up problems because of his shooting ability,” added Connolly. “His success will be determined by how hard he goes after it and I’m excited to see how he responds to the intensity of our summer program.”

The commitment of Miles caps a very successful recruiting effort by the Marauder staff as he will join previously committed recruits Hamid Nessek and Trevon McNeil, along with transfer Leon Alexander as new players suiting up in Maroon this fall.