Highly touted Division-I basketball recruit Jerry Myles has a new home and a new school.
After one season at Davenport West, Falcons coach Mark Bigler and Jerry Moore, Myles' father, confirmed Tuesday afternoon the 6-foot-5 wing is transferring to Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire, Kan., located more than 8 hours from the Quad-Cities.
Myles played with the Quad-City Elite AAU program last season, but the sophomore-to-be joined the 16U Mokan Elite team out of Kansas City this spring.
"I felt like I really wasn't getting too much better with the other team," Myles said earlier this spring, "so I wanted to go somewhere that was going to really push me to be better."
The move to Mokan was a springboard to his transfer. Several players in the Mokan program attend school at Sunrise, a private Christian institution in suburban Wichita.
"Those guys talked to Jerry about it and how great it was down there, so we decided to take a look at it," Moore said.
The family visited the 18-acre campus two weeks ago.
"It is a really controlled environment," Moore said. "There is a lot of unknown and you're always leery of that, but in the end we hope it makes him a better person and better basketball player."
Myles averaged 11.7 points and 6 rebounds per game during his freshman season at West. He shot just better than 42 percent from the field and 68 percent from the foul line.
Born in Rock Island and raised in Davenport, the left-handed Myles garnered scholarship offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska and Creighton before his freshman season was finished. He is considered one of the top 100 national recruits in the 2016 class.
"We wish Jerry the best of luck," Bigler said. "We respect the right for any parent or student to make a decision for their own future, and what they feel is best.
"We will miss him at West and hope he has success."
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The family is not relocating to Kansas, meaning Myles will live in a dormitory at Sunrise Christian, the same school Iowa junior center Gabe Olaseni graduated from two years ago.
Moore said Myles received a scholarship from the school, whose basketball program is sponsored by Adidas.
Sunrise plays a national schedule. Last season, the Maroons faced schools from Florida, Indiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Missouri.
The academy is scheduled to play in the State Farm Tournament of Champions this November in Washington, Ill., one of the nation's top annual basketball kickoff events that hosts premiere teams and prospects.
"It was a really tough decision for Jerry because he likes it here a lot, has a lot of friends and family," Moore said. "It is going to be a big sacrifice for everyone.
"But most of their time down there is devoted to school and basketball. They don't get to leave campus on their own too much. There is a lot of structure.
"I think it will help build his character a little bit because there aren't a lot of outside influences."