Saturday, January 21, 2017

Daxter Miles Jr.: More mature and ready to succeed

Daxter Miles Jr. coming down the carpet at the Blue-Gold Debut (Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

Daxter Miles Jr. coming down the carpet at the Blue-Gold Debut
(Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–West Virginia University’s Daxter Miles Jr. is best known for his comments before the Mountaineers took on Kentucky in the Sweet 16, but the sophomore guard is ready to move forward.

“Coach Huggs said that my role from last year is way different this year,” Miles said. I’m just working on all aspects of my game so I can do things for my teammates to help us win.”

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Baltimore native played in 35 games last season, where he averaged 7.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. Miles will be someone WVU really turns to for production this season and his teammates believe he can get the job done.

“Him and me we been in the gym together a lot,” sophomore guard Jevon Carter said. “We always going at it and I feel like he just came to that point where he feel like he can score whenever he wants.”

“Take better shots,” head coach Bob Huggins said about what Miles can do to improve. “I mean in all honesty, I think he and JC (Jevon Carter) are capable of instead of being in the low 40s and high 30s, they could be in the high 40s because they are going to get some easy baskets.

“But at the same time, I think they can become so much more efficient with their game. They have a tendency to force things sometimes and take shots that really aren’t sometimes in their best interest or ours.”

Dexter Miles Jr. (4) defending Jevon Carter (2) during the Blue-Gold Debut (Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

Dexter Miles Jr. (4) defending Jevon Carter (2) during the Blue-Gold Debut
(Photo Credit: Kelsie VanderWijst, BGS)

Maybe the key to success for Miles was just maturing.

“We are students of the game so we are trying to learn as much as we can from our coaches and also from our teammates, even the young guys,” he said. “We can always learn. You can never know to much to not learn.”

While Miles and his teammates are proud of last season’s accomplishments, they are ready to focus on making another run into March or even April.

“The first thing that went through my mind (when the Sweet 16 banner was raised at the Blue-Gold Debut) was what’s next? That’s the first thing that went through my mind. I would love for us to make another run so the younger guys to can get a taste of that too.”

 

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