UGA basketball recruit Miller released from letter of intent

Daniel Miller, a 6-foot-11 center, played at Loganville Christian School. (Brant Sanderlin / bsanderlin@ajc.com)  

Daniel Miller, a 6-foot-11 center, played at Loganville Christian School. (Brant Sanderlin / bsanderlin@ajc.com)

 

Daniel Miller, a 6-foot-11, 240-pound center from Loganville Christian Academy, on Tuesday got the release he sought from the letter of intent he signed with Georgia last fall.

“The family of Daniel Miller expressed a desire for Daniel to be released from his letter of intent,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said in a statement. “After meeting with them over the weekend, I have granted Daniel his complete release. I wish him well in the career path he chooses for himself.”

That is the question now: What path will Miller, 17, choose?

When Miller signed with Georgia in November, Dennis Felton was the Bulldogs coach, and the Dogs won a battle with Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Minnesota and Stanford. He now is free to sign with any of them, or somebody else, without having to sit out a season.

A phone message left for Miller at his parents’ house was not returned Tuesday night after word of his release was published online.

Georgia had an advantage over the other schools initially because Miller comes from a long line of family members who went to the school. The school’s track is named for Spec Towns, one of Miller’s relatives.

Miller led Loganville Christian to its third straight championship in the Independent Christian Schools of Georgia-Alabama while being named most valuable player for the second consecutive season. He averaged 20.8 points, eight rebounds, five blocks and connected on 73 percent of his shots. He played only the first half of many games because his team often blew out its opponents, winning 71 of 73 games during his time there.

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Chiefdawg

April 21st, 2009
6:15 pm

This is ridiculous. He signed with the school not Dennis Felton. In life things change. He should be held to his word. Dennis Felton did this same thing with several recruits and you see what happened with that. Daniel if you did not want to be at UGA you should not have signed.

Falconian

April 21st, 2009
6:22 pm

Basketball…who cares.

Big Dawg

April 21st, 2009
6:24 pm

It’s a shame he didn’t give coach Fox a chance…

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The Old Man

April 21st, 2009
6:30 pm

WAIT A MINUTE – UGA has a college basketball team – really?

Hondo

April 21st, 2009
6:33 pm

It is funny how Spec Towns’s grandson would not give the new UGA coach a chance…When he signed he said it was his life long dream to play at UGA…Never mentioned that it was his life long dream to play for Felton…This smells like “Dad” taking over…

JB

April 21st, 2009
6:40 pm

UGA Basketball Blows……

NelsonK

April 21st, 2009
6:44 pm

Since when has Uga had a basketball program? Hell, very few even knew they had football until 5 yrs ago !

Doug

April 21st, 2009
6:53 pm

I actually went to UGA when they did have a basketball program — it was when Hugh Durham coached. And when UGA began winning, people started coming. I cannot believe this guy did not give Fox a chance either.

fridge

April 21st, 2009
6:59 pm

give the geeks/thugs/koreans a ring for this release. They seem to be enjoying it.

Bravo

April 21st, 2009
7:00 pm

Maybe it wasn’t Daniel; maybe Fox didn’t think Daniel was a good fit.

SECFootballRocks

April 21st, 2009
7:01 pm

We will be better off without him. Good riddance,

Brandon

April 21st, 2009
7:04 pm

The Old Man wears diapers.

bdbuzz

April 21st, 2009
7:09 pm

wait till you dawgs see who he signs with. The best thing to happen to Paul Hewitt was uga hiring Fox. Go Jackets!

1980 revisited

April 21st, 2009
7:13 pm

uga was sec champs not very long ago. Tink about it before opening idiot hole.

Bleu_Bayou42

April 21st, 2009
7:14 pm

Let me get this straight. The kid is 6′ 11″ and only averaged 9 rebounds a game while playing 2A Independent Christian Schools of GA/AL division. Wow, we are really going to miss that guy. Recruiting projects like this is what is what got Felton fired in the first place. Have fun at Mercer kid.

Tech Insider

April 21st, 2009
7:29 pm

He will sign with GT within the next 48 hours. The may vault Tech into the #1 overall recruiting class. The only problem is….Paul Hewitt is still our coach! Doh!

Chris

April 21st, 2009
7:30 pm

He’s a white 7′ footer… Hopefully this opens up spots for proven juco players that know they can start down low for UGA! AKA Takais Brown!

dawgJones

April 21st, 2009
7:32 pm

Hey BdBuzz…best thing that ever happend to Hewitt was UGA having Felton…Felton took this kid and did not get any other top 10 recruit in the state! Bayou is right 6′11 against the weak competition mean the kid is not good…Mercer or Kennesaw here he comes

Ernest

April 21st, 2009
7:33 pm

Georgia has been a distant memory since the HUMAN HIGHLIGHT FILM left !!!
Who really cares.

Dorsey Hill

April 21st, 2009
7:37 pm

Reading between the lines here, it seems Fox wasn’t interested and the kid got the hint.

INDYDAWG

April 21st, 2009
7:43 pm

I would love to know what Fox’s plans are to have enough warm bodies to even practice. That’s one recruit and two players gone from the exisiting team. I am ready to give Fox a chance but there seems to be no update on the type of players he is even trying to recruit. We definitly need some bodies but bodies that can play. I do agree with the assesment that it seems that the Miller kid may not have fit into what Fox is wanting to do and took the high road and said that it was Miller and his family that made the choice. Fox sign somebody

Bill O'Reilly

April 21st, 2009
7:54 pm

i have been contacted by uga as has glen beck and shaun hannity.

dick cheney declined comment other than to say
‘F*** the dawgs’ and turd blossom was unavailable for comment.

lmao

Sid

April 21st, 2009
7:56 pm

Apparently the kid can’t jump,can’t shoot and doesn’t get many rebounds.His family is acting very foolishly. He could have ridden the pine,gotten an education and modeled big and tall clothing to short fat,ugly,bald stupid geeks from Tech.Oh yes, with pocket protectors. Sold separately of course.

Bill O'Reilly

April 21st, 2009
7:56 pm

the only great thing left to happen at gt would be for phew to get canned next year.

say dogs… how about we trade you phew AND favors even steven for fox. only hitch is that you guys assume phew’s contract.

sounds great to me.

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AfroDawg

April 21st, 2009
8:07 pm

INDYDAWG I think what you’re seeing in the transfer of Swansey, Troy Brewer, and now this kid, is the sign of the type players coach Fox
doesn’t want. Take Swansey for instance, who needs a point guard that
can’t hit FT’s, doesn’t square up on his jumpers, and can’t conrol
tempo? I can’t speak for coach Fox, but I would like to think he’ll
bring in players that are strong on the basics.

gtforever

April 21st, 2009
8:43 pm

He needs to play at Mercer or maybe even Ga State…… He may be pretty good, but his stats coming from a very non competitive league is very unimpressive…

GW

April 21st, 2009
8:54 pm

The reality is Fox has inherited a much bigger on the court mess than Felton did. He can’t be judged for at least four years.

AfroDawg

April 21st, 2009
9:16 pm

Georgia can be respectable this year, if a couple of things occur (1) Dustin Ware toughens up and improves (2) Trey Thompkins is utilized and
deployed correctly (3) Ricky McPhee knocks down 3 pointers consistently. Fox needs to place the utmost emphasis on rebounding, pressure defense, and the old bugaboo, free throw shooting.

GT Fan

April 21st, 2009
9:22 pm

Kid should have give Coach Fox a chance, Could have been Fox giving the kid up. Good luck to Kid and Coach Fox. Yes I’m GT fan but hate Paul Hewitt.

jj

April 21st, 2009
9:32 pm

He’ll need to build a little muscle, but he’s going to be a fine basketball player. I’d like to see him at GT.

lawzoo

April 21st, 2009
9:49 pm

He will never know the electric atmosphere of Stegeman Autotorium when all 823 dawg fans rise as one and start barking, sniffing, and licking
in unison. So long, kid.

Red Foreman

April 21st, 2009
9:54 pm

Welcome to the Thriller Dome young man!!!!!

THWG!

Steve

April 21st, 2009
9:55 pm

Miller is a very good recruit – impressive in AAU ball – top 100 ESPN. We should not have fired Dennis Felton. If we could have gutted it out this year, the improvement would have begun next year. He was really beginning to build a solid program here. Evans submitted to pressure from money guys at UGA (alumni $$$). Now we start over yet again.

Josh

April 21st, 2009
10:27 pm

He can’t sign with anyone. He can attend another school but you can only sign ONE LOI, he will choose a new school this week but won’t sign because he can’t. He has already given his new school a non binding commitment.

45-42

April 21st, 2009
10:28 pm

Sid, get off the computer, those janitorial duties are calling….

Dawg1

April 21st, 2009
10:35 pm

If Tech and Kentucky were interested in the kid, then he must be pretty good. Just wish the kid well and move on.

CMF will build a solid program, but it will take a while.

jacketbacker

April 21st, 2009
10:53 pm

i’d just like to see a white kid play basketball at Tech again!!….maybe we get him?…..funny, i haven’t heard one complaint from our black activist coach about the lack of caucasian representation on our bball team??….actually, i quit paying attention to our basketball program when mark price and bobby cremins left…..hewitt is hands down the worst coach in the acc….i’m just waiting for football season!!…

45-42!!!!

THWG

Connell62

April 21st, 2009
11:04 pm

In case you dawgs don’t know who I am, I am part of Paul’s entourage. I eat at his house often. I listen to his stories. I take out his garbage on my way home and I do other special stuff for Paul…wink wink. Real special. I even get a woody just being around the guy.

He is so special to me that he means more to me than GT does. That being said Dan Miller is a Jacket. Done deal. Paul called me tonite an gave me the good word. I AM THAT IMPORTANT!

Next year we will win the ACC and we will go to the final 4.

If anybody asks you where you heard it first you heard it from THE Connell62.

INDYDAWG

April 21st, 2009
11:19 pm

I do understand Afrodawg but I do not want to go back to the Dark ages of basketball. I do understand the reasoning because it does free up scholarships for the future. Three scholarships will allow Fox to sign a larger class in the future with more true prospects. Trey is the key to next year with a consistent Ware. I just want more updates living in Indy only allows me to get the info from the AJC. Fox has to make a move.

Rob

April 21st, 2009
11:25 pm

You stay classy fridge. Although I do think Fox will be a good, maybe even great coach in Athens.

tjhook

April 21st, 2009
11:26 pm

I hear a lot of picking on Mercer on this board but we are a big man from being a legitimate threat as a program next year. Miller would be smart to join a program that has a good coach and a number of players who can put the ball in the basket. Miller can get regular time while growing into his frame. We have proven we can knock off SEC talent (beat Alabama and Auburn in one week, also took Tech to overtime in same period). Miller would be smart to check out Mercer . . . he could grow into a legitimate center without the pressure of big college exposure.

tjhook

April 21st, 2009
11:27 pm

sorry I didn’t hear it I read it (I think it was the tone of the comments that led me to write that)

tjhook

April 21st, 2009
11:30 pm

As far as Georgia basketball, Fox would be smart to keep some of those scholarships for next year. I’m sure he can hold an open call to some of the football players who can play ball if he really needs bodies. The Dawgs need depth more than they need impact players. Besides, he needs to see how the main players here adjust to his style. But if he does poorly, that just means more pickings for Mercer!!

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 21st, 2009
11:35 pm

duhaaha reidn this bloz Iz can’t umberstanz wht he dumbt want to goez to UzgA to be so smart to ritz on this site. Lear to spell and express a point. duhaaha iz dunz.

Terry Taylor

April 21st, 2009
11:37 pm

Will Georgia have enough players to put a team on the court next year?

Skeleton Key

April 21st, 2009
11:37 pm

UGA Basketball is cursed..

Michael

April 21st, 2009
11:39 pm

Don’t mock Mercer! We beat USC 2 years ago with O.J. Mayo on their team.