Relationship with Steve Pikiell helped land Jalen Miller

It all started about a year ago in June of 2019 when Rutgers invited a few players from Team Thrill (MD).

One of them was current Rutgers commit Jalen Miller of Bishop Walsh (MD). He got to see the campus, way of life and meet the coaches, among other things. And since that opportunity, Rutgers knew they had their point guard of the future.

“Rutgers has consistently been part of my recruitment since I took the unofficial,” Miller explained. “Which has also given them the chance to see me grow in many different ways.”

And the improvement over the year led to offer on August 5th, that also led to a commitment just a week later.

Iona, UNC-Greensboro, James Madison, Colgate, Akron, Wichita State, Rhode Island, Oral Roberts, Niagara and plenty more programs offered him a scholarship, but it was just too difficult to pass up an offer from a program like Rutgers.

They offered him much more than a roster spot on their basketball team. It wasn’t even the Big 10 conference. It was how was about the environment and how well he could grow on and off the court as a person and player.

“What conference I play in was never a part of my decision,” he said. “I was looking for the place that fit me most. Somewhere with a good education, somewhere I can develop as a player, and most importantly, help my team win a national championship.”

Rutgers head coach Steve Pikiell also played a huge part in the process. Miller believes in his approach as a coach and trust that he will be able to develop him in the future.

“I feel like I had built great relationships with all the coaches who were a part of my recruitment, yet the difference between other coaches and coach Pikiell was how much I felt like I could relate with him,” he said. “Especially with both of us being point guards. But not only on the court, off the court. We both shared varied opinions on life and things happening in the world today. I’ve always enjoyed talking to coach, figuring out my future with Rutgers, and planning on growing as a team and individual under them.”

Miller joins four-star Jaden Jones of Saint Louis Christian Academy (MO) in Rutgers 2021 recruiting class.

With his recruitment now over, it’s all about continually improving to bring a brand of playing that he expects of himself.

“I’m looking forward to bringing leadership, a winning mindset, and effectiveness on both sides of the ball at the guard spot,” he said. “I think I will fit well into their offense.”

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