Hudson Valley

Players to Watch: DeMarcus Miller, Stepinac

by Kevin Devaney Jr. on
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 10:43 PM

Updated Wed, Aug 28, 2013 11:17 PM
Players to Watch: DeMarcus Miller, Stepinac
Photo by Lonnie Webb

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The last six months for DeMarcus Miller have been spent mostly on planes, in hotel rooms and on basketball courts for AAU. The Stepinac rising junior is one of the Tri-State’s most sought-after recruits, popping up on Division I radars following a breakout sophomore year and strong showing this summer.

Ever see him play football?

Miller, a New Rochelle resident, is a commanding presence in both sports. He’s a thick 6-foot-2 shooting guard/wide receiver with strong hands, incredible jumping ability and a tenacity that’s unparalleled in both sports.

Although he’s considered more of a basketball player, Miller should shine this fall for Stepinac in football. He started at linebacker last season, recording 39 tackles, three sacks and three interceptions, two he returned for touchdowns.

Miller expects to be a major part of the team’s passing game this fall on a roster that may have the most skill position talent in the region.

As a sophomore in basketball last season, Miller averaged 7.9 points per game despite coming off the bench. But had a penchant for rising in key situations, highlighted by a 20-point effort in a win over rival Iona Prep and his efforts throughout the postseason.

Manhattan and Marist are among the schools after Miller, whose recruiting should pick up strong once he begins his junior year.

Miller will be the centerpiece for Stepinac in basketball this winter after the team graduated six seniors from a squad that won 18 games and reached the CHSAA AA Division semifinals.

Email Kevin Devaney Jr. at kdevaney@cablevision.com

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