High School: Blair Academy (Blairstown, NJ)
Recruiting Summary for Olivia Miles
April 24, 2020: committed to Notre Dame
January 2021: enrolled early (press release)
The 10 best women’s basketball recruits regardless of class (ESPN, 4/22/2020)
Yet another one of Bueckers and Fudd’s USA Basketball teammates, Miles is a cerebral and unselfish student of the game with strong fundamentals. She can read defenses, play up-tempo, defend in pressure and bury shots to the arc.
Player comparison: Brooke McCarty-Williams
Two sports, no problems for No. 2 basketball prospect Olivia Miles (ESPN, 1/29/2020)
For now, Miles has narrowed her list to six schools: North Carolina, Stanford, Notre Dame, Oregon, Princeton and Connecticut.
Miles’ recruitment likely would be over if coach Courtney Banghart hadn’t gone from Princeton to North Carolina.
“I would have gone there if she didn’t leave,” Miles said. “I wouldn’t have committed there, but it would’ve had a very high chance because all my family wants to see me play.”
Miles’ initial plan was to commit by the Boo Williams Nike Invitational, but that’s in late April, about three weeks after she can start taking official visits. Her new plan is to commit by August or September.
Olivia Miles has generational potential for women’s basketball (Basketball Society, 1/7/2020)
Her first step and shifty handle make her impossible for defenders squaring her up. Getting downhill is her priority but at her pace, which is very controlled while she can shift gears on the dime. Not to mention her smooth temperament when shooting the ball.
Miles makes first USA Basketball team (New York Amsterdam News, 6/13/2019)
“During the trials, I would say confidence and shaking off a bad play because there’s a lot more basketball to be played,” said Miles. “Keeping my head up and playing my game and not anyone else’s.”
Making the roster was fulfilling and let Miles know that hard work pays off. “I have two more years of high school, but this is so amazing. It made me so happy,” she said.