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Jack Miller has a quick release, a strong outside shot and the ability to catch and shoot with either hand.
So it’s a testament to the all-around skills the junior at Manhasset High School (NY) possesses that when he’s asked to assess his skills, he starts with defense. (Miller is shown on defense against Chaminade in the photo here.)
A classic two-way midfielder, Miller’s talents are perfectly suited for the college game. Last week, he decided where that will be, verbally committing to the University of Richmond, a decision reported when it was made by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Miller, a righty, is also an outstanding athlete (he’s an outstanding linebacker on the football team) and an excellent student (with a 4.0 grade-point average).
Now, here’s a Q&A with Jack on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I decided on Richmond because I felt that it was a great combination of academics and athletics. It has a great business program, which is what i would like to major in, and already has shown success as a lacrosse program after only one season.
What other schools did you consider?
I also visited Cornell and Brown which had both considered.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I would consider myself to be a strong/fast offensive/defensive middy, at my best in transition.
I would like to think that I have a strong shot both righty and lefty, which I would consider to be one of my better strengths.
What areas of your game do you think you can improve in?
I believe that there is always room for improvement in all areas of the game. What I am focusing on improving the most would be my quickness and stick skills.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
Growing up in Manhasset, where lacrosse is much more than just a sport, I was exposed to the game at a very young age. I also love football, which I still play, and growing up played a lot of basketball too.
What travel team do you play on and what showcase events have you attended?
For the past couple of years I have played for the Long Island Express Barracudas. The showcases I’ve attended include Adrenaline Black Card, BlueChip and Maverik Showtime.
Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank my mom for all her support,time, and money she has dedicated to helping me throughout the recruiting process, and also would like to thank my grandparents for all of their love and support.
I would like to thank my varsity coach, Bill Cherry, for everything he has taught me since I was a young player on the field, as well as how to be a great person off the field.
I would also like to thank my Express Coach Mike Chanenchuk for everything he has taught me and all of his help in my recruiting process. Finally, I would like to thank my PAL Lacrosse coaches, Coach Corwin and Coach Garcia, for making the game as fun as possible growing up as well as for everything they taught me.
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