By Brian McInnis
To the surprise of few, sophomore point guard Bobby Miles became the second early departure from the UH men's basketball team this spring, after Joston Thomas.
There was speculation about this going around for the last few weeks, but it was tough to nail down 100 percent until tonight. It might have even been accurate to report it sooner, but in this line of work you're not supposed to take that chance until you know with total certainty. And that moment didn't happen until Wednesday night, when coach Gib Arnold gave the go-ahead for a UH press release.
Miles had the occasional bright spot in his two-year UH career, including the 10-assist game against Chicago State as a true freshman. He was lauded by Arnold as one of the most consistent and dependable players on the "Warriors to Asia" tour in August, leaving the possibility that Miles would start in the backcourt for the regular season.
He did get the starting nod in seven games this season, but the progression in D-I play the UH coaches hoped for didn't translate over. Ultimately, Miles' playing time was generally capped at about 10 minutes in any given game. Once he fell out of favor late in the season, his PT disappeared entirely.
He had his limits — shooting and speed among them — but he could still contribute, particularly on the defensive end, where he was underrated. He also generally took care of the ball, boasting an effective, if limited, assist-to-turnover ratio.
Miles has an affable personality that should help him blend in wherever he lands. If he is truly interested in finding a program closer to home (L.A.), a Big West school would make a lot of sense. We may not have seen the last of him in the islands.
Arnold now should have three scholarships to work with for the spring signing period. Picking up another point guard with one of those slots would seem to be a must now. Going into UH's first season of Big West play with just two point guards — Shaquille Stokes and Jace Tavita — would be dicey.