Adam Miller is coming to Illinois.
Miller, who transferred to Morgan Park of the Chicago Public League after beginning his high school career at Manual, made his announcement at the Jordan Store in downtown Chicago.
“It’s been a long journey,” Miller said before thanking his family. “God gives you a lot of paths, but you ain’t gonna always make the right turn.”
Then, he pulled out an orange and blue wolf mask with an Illinois design, much to the assembled crowd’s delight.
As Miller stood up and hugged his mother while Chicago rapper Chief Keef’s 2014 hit “Faneto” began playing in the background and confetti burst into the air.
The four-star, combo guard comes to Champaign as the No. 32 prospect in the Class of 2020 and joins a fellow top-100 recruit, point guard Andre Curbelo, in the Illini’s class.
He took a few questions from media assembled for the announcement, making no secret his grandiose ambitions and his hope to jump to the NBA after one year at Illinois.
“I want everybody to know that I’m coming, and I’m going to change the culture,” Miller said. “I can promise that.”
Miller’s arrival will come just as former Morgan Park and Mac Irvin Fire teammate Ayo Dosunmu is expected to declare for the NBA Draft at the end of the season.
He chose Illinois over Arizona and Louisville, but also considered offers from Arizona State, Kansas, Texas Tech, Memphis and many other Power Five programs.
Illinois was the first to get on board in the hunt for Miller, offering him before he ever even played a game at Peoria Manual. Assistant Chin Coleman, who led the recruitment effort for Dosunmu, was the lead recruiter for Miller.
“The team they’ve got now, it’s a hard-working team,” Miller said. “Coach (Brad Underwood) is picking up what he’s doing. When I get there, I feel like the table will be set for me.”
In addition to thanking both of his parents, his grandparents, his coaches and friends, Miller thanked future Illinois teammate and current junior guard Da’Monte Williams, who was his teammate at Manual.
“Man, Da’Monte, he was one of the first people I told,” Miller said. “He’s like my big brother.”
He also added that his decision was always about “more than basketball” and that he wanted to go to a program where academics and relationships were important.
Next year, likely without Dosunmu and without current senior point guard Andrés Feliz, Miller has an opportunity for a big role with the Illini.
The 6-foot-3 guard joins Curbelo and 6-foot-10 Prolific Prep power forward Coleman Hawkins (ranked No. 212 in the Class of 2020 by 247) to round out an Illinois class that is expected to rise to the top-15 recruiting classes in the country and the top of the Big Ten, at least for a while.
Illinois could still add unranked power forward Bernard Kouma, though there are academic questions remaining, but Miller’s commitment mostly rounds out the class.
Gavin Good is the University of Illinois correspondent for GateHouse Media Illinois. Contact him at email@example.com or at Twitter.com/itsallG_O_O_D.