Author: Mike Enright

Q&A with Hercy and Mercy Miller

Hercy Miller (2021) and Mercy Miller (2024) have an unbreakable bond on and off the court. They are both highly rated recruits in their respective classes, playing AAU for Grassroots Sizzle and high school for Minnehaha Academy. We caught up with both to discuss the travel season and the upcoming high school season.

RLH: How was your AAU season?
HM: We weren’t able to practice much at all, so there was a bit of an adjustment of learning on the fly at our first tournament, but we fought through it. We had big plans to put on a show, but the pandemic ruined that. However, it was good to see all the guys putting in work on their own. I’m part of something special at Grassroots Sizzle and Minnehaha Academy — everyone wants to be the best and works to achieve that.

RLH: Your younger brother, Mercy, played with you this AAU season. What was that like?
HM: Our connection and chemistry are unbreakable. It was a good experience for us both. He’s a student of the game and wants to soak up all the knowledge he can. He listens well to constructive criticism, and he strives to be the best that he can be. I’m looking forward to having him play varsity at Minnehaha Academy.

RLH: Okay Mercy, what was your experience playing up 17u as an 8th grader with your brother?
MM: It was a blessing. Just having the opportunity to get that experience is something I’ll cherish. Hercy and the rest of the guys really looked out for me on and off the court. Playing against the older competition is only going to make me a better player in the long run. 

RLH: 17u as an 8th grader is a big jump. Were you nervous about that?
MM: Yeah, but I was ready. I’ve been playing against my older brothers all my life, so I was prepared for the better competition. It definitely was a faster pace with more physicality, but I embraced that.

RLH: Hercy, what’s it like playing with the #1 recruit in the country, Chet Holmgren?
HM: Chet brings a ton of attention wherever we go…fans, media, and college coaches, so being able to have that fanfare is fun to play in front of. Chet deserves everything he’s got coming. He puts in a ton of work to be where he’s at. It might not be all over social media but that guy is always in the gym. He’s a good guy and fun to be around. Chet isn’t letting all the attention go to his head. He knows there is more work to do.

RLH: Speaking of attention, your dad is famous for his entertainment and sports careers. What is it like handling the expectations of being Master P’s son?
HM:  He looks out for us, but he definitely wants us to earn everything on our own. I don’t want to use my dad’s name to become great — I’m going to earn it on my own, and that is what he would want.
MM:  He is pretty chill and laid back when it comes to being a sports parent. He’s more about words of encouragement while giving us the tools and resources to be successful. Then it is on us to take it from there.

You guys were on your way to a State title last season before COVID-19 happened. What’s the outlook for Minnehaha Academy this year?
HM: We want to win state. We feel like there is some unfinished business there, so that is definitely a top goal as a team. We play a national schedule and have a target on back wherever we go. We know we’ll get the best game from every opponent and we wouldn’t want it any other way. We got the dog in us and we’re excited to put on a show.

RLH: We got a big game scheduled against a Waukee High School team featuring 3 top 100 players in their backyard. What do you think about that game?
HM: We can’t wait! We’re ready to ball and got some pretty good guys on our side, too. It should be a fun environment and look forward to it. 

See a teaser video for Minnehaha Academy vs. Waukee High School

RLH: What is your recruitment like. Any timetable for a commitment?
HM: I’m starting to narrow in on a list of schools but won’t make a rush on the commitment. I’ll see how things play out this season to determine what will be the best fit.
*Note* Hercy’s top 7 are: Arizona, Mizzou, UCLA, LSU, UCF, Howard, and Minnesota.

5 High Major Potential Hoopers

We’ve seen a lot of basketball this summer, and one thing that has stood out is certain kids not blowing up. It isn’t a lack of game for these players, it is a lack of exposure in front of college coaches. Live streams are great, but you still can’t get the same evaluation as being in the gym.

Here are some guys that currently don’t have High Major offers but they have High Major Potential:

Julius Rollins | 6’6 | Guard | Young & Reckless | 2021

Rollins is explosive with his first step, and he shoots it well enough from 3 that you have to respect that in his game. He uses that range to lure players closer to him on the perimeter where he uses his quick first step to get around them. From there, he uses his length and jumping ability to finish at the rim. He was one of the best finishers we saw this summer. Rollins holds numerous LM/MM offers but yet to land a HM. His time is coming.

Cole Farrell | 6’4 | Guard | SW Illinois Jets | 2021

Cole’s game has progressed from the last AAU season to his junior high school season and to this past AAU summer season. Each time we see him he adds more to his game. He’s an explosive guard and an elite finisher, but his added jump shooting has put him into the HM category. His footwork to get to his jumper off the dribble, pass, and step-backs is polished & now he’s knocking down the tough shots. He’s strong and quick & can defend the 1 through 3 spots at the HM level. Video of Cole from our Sunflower Showcase.

Jordan Brown | 6’3 | Shooting Guard | Team YOBO | 2022

Jordan is electrifying with the basketball. He’s got a lot in his bag, and he had it on full display all summer long — cooking some of the top teams in the country. Jordan dropped 30pts on KC Run GMC and Team Factory… 2 teams with MM/HM talent. Jordan plays with a lot of swag and is entertaining to watch with his hesi-dribbles, step-back threes, 360 layups, and so on. He currently doesn’t have any offers. Video highlights against KC Run GMC.

Josh Dix | 6’4 | Guard | OSA Crusaders | 2022

Josh is one of the players that does a bit of everything and does it well. He scores from all 3 levels, he can play on the ball and distribute the rock, he is big enough to rebound, and he creates a lot of turnovers. He’s on our HM radar because his floor is set and his upside is huge. A smart player that averaged 16ppg, 4apg, 4rpg while shooting around 50% from 3-point range this summer against top competition… he is next up for the OSA Crusaders. Video from our Omaha Showcase.

Blaise Porter | 6’0 | Point Guard | Iowa Barnstormers | 2023

Blaise has plenty of MM+ and HM interest but none have pulled the trigger on him just yet. His time is coming. He played 15u all summer so programs are waiting to see what happens as he develops the next couple years. He has elite handles, court vision, and passing abilities that have HMs interested. By the end of this summer, he was showing off his bounce and athleticism. The game just seems to be slowed down for him as he operates at a smooth pace. If this holds true as he goes against older competition, he’ll be HM point guard. We think it will happen.