INDIANAPOLIS — Quincy Miller, the next big recruiting target for Kentucky, flashed his playful side at the Adidas Invitational Tuesday. Not even his team's 92-66 loss prevented him from keeping a conversation with reporters light and friendly.
Yes, Miller said, he knew that UK had already gotten commitments from two other top 10 prospects in the high school class of 2011. That being forward Michael Gilchrist and point guard Marquis Teague.
"They're getting a bunch of good players," he said.
When asked if such a great start to the recruiting year made him more or less attracted to Kentucky, Miller smiled and said, "I could join them."
Then after a pause, he added, "They probably have too many guys."
With that, Miller added, "I'll keep you guessing."
Miller, a versatile forward listed at 6-foot-10 and 210 pounds, was more direct when it came to the subject of John Wall. "My brother," he called Wall.
Wall becoming the first Kentucky player chosen with the first overall pick in a NBA Draft delighted Miller.
"He's like a big brother," Miller said of Wall. "He's a good person overall. I hang with him. I know him real well."
Wall and Miller apparently grew close when Miller moved from his home north of Chicago to Winston-Salem, N.C. Living in a bad neighborhood and getting into a kind of trouble he declined to identify led to the move, he said.
As a byproduct, his grades went from "C's mostly" to A's and B's, Miller said.
If Wall put in a good recruiting word for Kentucky, Miller wasn't saying. But it can't hurt that Wall made first-team All-American and helped UK make draft history by being one of five first-rounders produced by the program.
More than once, Miller emphasized the importance of a program being an NBA production line.
"Kentucky is a great program," he said. "Kentucky sends a lot of players to the NBA, but it develops players for the NBA. That's the main thing. You've got a great fan base. You've got a great coach. You know you're going to play with great players."
Miller is not playing with great players in the Adidas Invitational. Playing on the same D-One Sports program that produced Wall, Miller could have used a player like the former UK star. The D-One Sports point guard must have had seven turnovers in the first half. Miller got little help in a one-sided loss.
Miller showed no frustration with teammates or how the rout unfolded. "I was taught poise," he said.
But the mask slipped when he was asked how the game went.
"I played well," he said before adding, "The team has to play together."
The competition and setting (North Central High School) and largely disinterested crowd of coaches and reporters that filled less than half the bleachers marked a departure from Miller's most recent basketball experience. He led a USA U17 team to a gold medal, leading the team in rebounding (10 rpg) and finishing second in scoring (15 ppg).
"Way different," he said of the two brands of basketball. "It was like a college game (in the international competition played in San Antonio). You had to play hard every possession.
"Out here, not everybody plays hard every possession."
As for recruiting, Miller has a long list of schools. He all but recited the schools: "Kentucky. Oklahoma. Wake Forest. Memphis. Duke. Texas. Tennessee. Uh, Syracuse. Ohio State."
In that order? "No. I don't have an order yet," he said.
So much for the speculation that Kentucky had slipped.
"Nobody's sticking out right now," he said. "Nobody's above anyone else."
Although he failed to mention Louisville in the recitation, the Cardinals are in the race. Again, the NBA influence helps put U of L in the running.
"I know they have a lot of pros they've developed," he said. "I like that."
Miller also noted U of L Coach Rick Pitino's NBA pedigree.
"So I know he can develop me," he said.
Another attempt to keep the reporters guessing? Impossible to know.