Everyone is always looking for the next big thing, with an emphasis on recruiting getting younger and younger. With eighth-graders now landing full scholarship offers at major Division I programs, it's only a matter of time before elementary schoolers are getting serious looks from colleges.
Meet a fourth-grader named Mike Miles. You probably haven't seen him before, but if his first highlight reel
is any indication, this is almost certainly not the last time you'll be
seeing his name.
Miles was first brought to prominence by BallisLife,
the basketball highlight website which culls many of the best hoops
clips from across the nation. They tripped across Miles, who goes by the
nickname "Mike Mike," stars for a Texas Titans fourth-grade squad that recently earned a tournament title in Atlanta.
While the Titans have any number of impressive youngsters, none
compare to Mike Mike, who cuts through opposing defenses with efficiency
and flair, almost reminiscent of a pint-sized Allen Iverson. Miles can
break down a foe in the open floor or drive the lane and look for a late
dish. He clearly has impeccable court vision for any teenager, let
alone a fourth-grader.
It's impossible to know whether Miles will grow enough — either
physically or on the court — to eventually emerge as a true prep or
collegiate star. Regardless of what happens in his future, he'll now
always be memorialized as one heck of a showman on the court, even
though he still spends his days in an elementary school classroom.