"He brings a lot to our team," said guard Kamau Stokes, who also transferred to Dunbar — from John Carroll — before this school year. "The No. 1 thing he brings is toughness and a lot of energy, and that's what the team needs. He gives us a spark. Dax plays with a lot of confidence, he's always been like that — confident with himself and his teammates."

What stands out the most for Miles is his ability to score points. His 3-point range has defenders on constant watch. And when they come too close to guard him, Miles' explosive first step gives him easy access to the basket. In transition, he's always running the floor and finishes strong.

"What's special about Dax is he's super confident," Poly coach Sam Brand said. "He goes into every game thinking he's the best player on the court. He came back with the mindset that he is the best player in Baltimore, and he's as tough a matchup as there is in the city. He can score from anywhere on the floor."

Edmondson coach Darnell Dantzler saw Miles' ability to take over during the double-overtime game.


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First came the four free throws he made in the final seconds of the first overtime and then the scoring binge that followed in the second.

Dunbar had the opening possession in the second overtime and decided to stay patient with the ball.

After taking nearly two minutes off the clock, the Poets worked the ball to Miles in the left corner. Just as it looked like he was going to send the ball back to kill more time, he quickly spun to the baseline and finished a drive for the first two points of the period. The play set the tone for the rest of the overtime.

"He has what they say you can't teach — the 'it' factor. He has that refuse-to-lose attitude, just plays hard throughout and is a great all-around tough player," Dantzler said.

Miles, who has drawn interest from UCLA, Miami, Southern California, Villanova, Xavier, Oklahoma State, Providence and Colorado State among other colleges, recognizes the lofty expectations that come with playing at Dunbar. He welcomes the challenge and wouldn't want it any other way.

"There's pressure trying to win another city and state championship," Miles said. "We just have to do the same thing as last year, and play even harder. We want to win everything — we're hungry, we're starving."

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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