Penny Hardaway’s right hand man at Memphis is leaving the program.
This afternoon, Mike Miller – one of the top recruiters in college basketball – announced he would be stepping down at Memphis.
“The past two years have been amazing, and I have so many people to thank: Coach Hardaway for believing in me, all of our players for their commitment, the University of Memphis and it’s incredible fans, my wonderful wife and kids, and the entire city of Memphis for everything you have done for me and my family,” Miller said in a release. “All of your made this opportunity possible for me, and I’m truly grateful.
“As much as I’ve loved this job and had a blast being part of the special program Coach is building, the past few months have made me realize that it’s time for me to spend more time focused on family and wherever the journey will take me next.
“I will find a way to stay in basketball and continue to make an impact on this city that I love so much! I will always be a TIGER.”
— Mike Miller (@MikeMiller_13) June 3, 2020
While this news comes as a shock to the college basketball world, Miller’s potential departure this offseason has been a legitimate possibility for several months now. Sources told KSR late in the 2019-20 college basketball season that Miller was angling for a front-office gig in the NBA or a Division I head coaching job. This was discussed on multiple occasions on KSR’s Sources Say Podcast.
Talking with various recruits and parents at AAU and high school events over the course of the last year, Miller has been discussed as one of the heavy-hitting recruiters in college basketball and was instrumental in landing several key pieces in Memphis’ top-ranked recruiting class in 2019.
Now, Hardaway is left searching for a new high-profile assistant to take over the recruiting scene.