DeAndre Miranda Expanding Game To The Perimeter

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Peoria Central’s DeAndre Miranda Adding Small Forward Skills

Brian Stinnette
April 15, 2003

DeAndre Miranda, who provided the muscle inside during Peoria Central’s run to the state title, appears to placing a good deal of emphasis this spring on expanding his game out to the perimeter.

Miranda, a sophomore, averaged about 7 points per game starting at center for Peoria Central last season. The 6-6 Miranda is not big enough to be a high major power forward prospect. Adding perimeter skills will go a long way toward enhancing his status as a prospect.

Miranda is a good athlete, and an above average rebounder who does not shy away from contact down low. This spring, Miranda has spent a considerable amount of time looking to put the ball on the floor, and taking open jump shots, including three-pointers. Although his shot does need work, he has nice form and a soft touch.

Miranda will play the AAU circuit this summer with Ft. Sooy. He will be joined on Ft. Sooy by Peoria Central teammates Shaun Livingston and Brandon Lee, in addition to Justin Cerasoli of West Aurora, and Ollie Harrison of Danville.