By Joe Henricksen
Following up what Northern Illinois believes was a solid 2010 recruiting class, which includes highly-thought-of Nate Rucker out of Memphis and talented point guard Kyree Jones out of North Carolina Tech Preparatory Christian Academy in Charlotte, coach Ricardo Patton secured his first commitment in the Class of 2011 when Glenbard East's Zach Miller committed to the Huskies on Thursday.
Miller, the consummate point guard who will knock down shots, had made a few trips to the Northern Illinois campus in recent weeks and decided to end his recruitment. The 5-9 Miller sees the floor about as well as any player in the senior class, while running a team as a floor general is second nature to him. Miller's high basketball I.Q. helps overcome some of the physical limitations he will have to deal with playing at the next level. Miller, who plays with the Illinois Defenders on the AAU circuit, was the DuPage Valley Conference MVP last season and helped lead the Rams to a school-record 27 wins.
NIU's recruiting attention will turn to several other Illinois targets who they remain heavily involved with, including Miller's teammate at Glenbard East, 6-3 Johnny Hill, and another rising prospect in Evanston's 6-8 James Farr.
Northern Illinois will host its Satellite Team Camp at Proviso West this weekend, with several key targets, both in the senior class and underclassmen, on display for Patton and his staff. Among the top teams with prospects include Evanston, Hyde Park, Loyola Academy, Rockford Auburn, Curie, Hillcrest, Hales Franciscan and Mt. Carmel among others.