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Player Profile: Miles Overton

We countinue our season preview with a look at Miles Overton.

Grant Halverson

Miles Overton is a 6'4 215lb sophomore out of St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia, PA. Miles is a former 3-star prospect, known for his shooting prowess. In his freshman season, Miles played 8.8 minutes per game (8.7 in ACC play), while averaging 2.9 points, .69 assists, .7 rebounds, and .5 turnovers per game. He shot 37% on 2 point field goals (11-30), 33% of 3 point field goals (15-45), and 58% from the charity stripe (18-31). Overton had a below average offensive rating of 95.

As a freshman, Overton contributed about as much as you can expect. Early in the season he was forcing shots and not getting the deep ball to drop. I do think Miles' play progressed substantially as the year went along. Last season, 60% of Miles' shots were from behind the arc, and I expect to see a similar percentage this season as Wake desperately needs someone to stretch the floor. If Overton is going to see an increase in playing time this season he is going to need to improve his shooting from deep. I expect to see about a 7-9% increase in his field goal shooting from three.

Defensively, Miles had some struggles in his freshman season, which was expected. At 6'4 he will not be expected to pull down boards consistently, but he will be asked to guard the parameter. Miles was, however, third on the team in steals with a steal percentage of 1.9%. His ability to generate steals and get out in transition will be an important part in gaining playing time in Coach Manning's high-tempo system.

Miles is going to have to battle to see playing time at the shooting guard position. We know that Codi Miller-McIntyre will be starting at one of the guard positions, which position, however, has not been decided. Depending on CMM's position, I believe Miles will either be starting at the two or being the first shooting guard off the bench, the latter being more likely. We'll know more on November 7th, in Wake's first exhibition game against Young Harris.