NCB On The Trail: Tim Miles

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First of all, coach Tim Miles and his staff have simply done a remarkable job at Nebraska, finishing 11-7 this season in the Big Ten, which some believe might be the hardest league in the country. Every team has a potential NBA player on its roster except for maybe Northwestern.

The Cornhuskers have built their current roster with a blend of transfers, junior college players and high school prospects. Because Nebraska does such a good job of evaluating talent and seeing the big picture in long-term results, the Huskers get players who develop over time with their coaching.

Examples of this are Terran Petteway, a transfer from Texas Tech who averaged three points per game for the Red Raiders in 2011-12 but is now the leading scorer in the Big Ten at 18 points per game. A high school example is sophomore Shavon Shields, who is the second-leading scorer on the team at 12.7 points per game.

With the Cornhuskers' current success, it will help open doors to prospects in the ESPN 100 this spring and down the road, and Nebraska will have a real chance to land some. It's also important for Miles not to deviate too far from the formula that helped him achieve success.

Where to find the newest stars 

September, 25, 2013
This week, ESPN updated or is in the process of rolling out its new rankings. There are 185 players in three classes who will be ranked by the end of the week. As one can imagine, it’s a daunting task to process that much information, analyze the players and incorporate them into lists. The process begins with knowing where to look for the talent.

What do Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming have in common? None of those states produced a ranked player from the classes of 2014-16.

Imagine being the head coach at Nebraska in the Big Ten trying to compete with teams in your league when your recruiting base is bare. Ditto for Iowa. Now, those places have produced talent in years past but in terms of the next three years, Fran McCaffrey and Tim Miles will rack up the frequent flier miles.