Basketball prospect Daniel Miller switches from UGA to rival Georgia Tech

By Darryl Maxie, dmaxie@ajc.com

Georgia’s loss became Georgia Tech’s gain Wednesday when 6-foot-11 center Daniel Miller of Loganville Christian Academy signed a financial-aid agreement with the Yellow Jackets, a day after gaining his release from the letter-of-intent he signed with Georgia last fall.
“He’s very happy with the decision,” said Preston Towns, Miller’s father. “And Tech seems very happy with the decision.”

Tech coach Paul Hewitt confirmed those sentiments in a statement Wednesday afternoon.
“We feel very fortunate to add a student-athlete of Daniel Miller’s caliber to our recruiting class,” Hewitt said. “My staff and I are looking forward to the opportunity to work with him. We feel that he will fit in great with our other players and take full advantage of our player-development program.”

He joins a class that already has been ranked No. 3 nationally by Rivals.com, headlined by 6-9 forward Derrick Favors of South Atlanta.

Miller signed with Georgia in November, when Dennis Felton was still the Bulldogs’ coach. When Felton was fired Jan. 29, and ultimately replaced by former Nevada coach Mark Fox, the 240-pound center reconsidered one of the schools that seemed to have pursued him in vain.

Asked if the coaching change was the reason for Miller’s change of heart, Towns said simply, “Yes.”

Miller led Loganville Christian to three straight championships in the Independent Christian Schools of Georgia-Alabama as his team won 71 of 73 games during his stay. He was named most valuable player for his final two seasons at the private school.

He averaged 20.8 points, eight rebounds, five blocks and connected on 73 percent of his shots, often playing only the first half.

199 comments Add your comment

Red Foreman

April 22nd, 2009
4:39 pm

Told you!!!!!

Ugay is a sinking ship!!!!

jaxdawg

April 22nd, 2009
4:41 pm

So, he isn’t good enough to sign a “scholarship?” Huh, interesting…

GT wins again.

April 22nd, 2009
4:42 pm

Clean sweep of ugay by the Jackets. Football, basketball, baseball and recruiting.

Carolina Jacket

April 22nd, 2009
4:47 pm

If Gani stays that will be a hell of a front line. If the guards come along as expected that should be a hell of a team. Could be exciting.

threatt

April 22nd, 2009
4:50 pm

U GTech fans are funny. I am a gator fan. But when I read these blogs I can tell that GTech is not used to winning anything. SEC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ccrider

April 22nd, 2009
4:51 pm

Jaxdawg, The financial aid package is usually used to keep another scholarship open in the event of another player who may want to sign this year and who needs the money, particularly a player from out of state who would have to pay out of state tuition. Miller has the Hope Scholarship and the financial aid package will probably make up the difference, or it could be for the signing of Demario Mayfield who Tech considered offering before he signed with UGA.

Ronald McDonald

April 22nd, 2009
4:51 pm

Oh he’s good enough for a scholarship jaxdawg, it’s just that Tech has used there’s up on McDonald’s All Americans and other super studs.

JM Dawg

April 22nd, 2009
4:54 pm

NERDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Institute

April 22nd, 2009
4:56 pm

The financial aid agreement is signed instead of the national letter of intent because players are only allowed to sign one of those. Once his LOI with UGA was rescinded, he could not sign one with GT, so, instead signed the financial aid agreement.

FL Dawg

April 22nd, 2009
4:57 pm

All these McDonald’s All Americans and “stud” recruits, and Tech’s basketball team still stinks. No post-season? Are you kidding? At least the Dawgs have a reason for being so bad.

jaxdawg

April 22nd, 2009
4:57 pm

The financial aid package is typically used on a player who is not “scholarship” material. I played college sports. Would you rather tell someone you have a “athletic scholarship” or a “financial aid” package??

Charlotte Dawg

April 22nd, 2009
4:59 pm

So why did we ask him to leave and Tech welcomed him with open arms? I thought GT had such high and almighty standards, etc. etc.?

Pokey

April 22nd, 2009
5:00 pm

“NERDS!!!!!!!”?????

The old fallback line when UGA fans have nothing to say.

The Fan

April 22nd, 2009
5:00 pm

Red Foreman I told you!!!!

That your a Pin Head!

jw

April 22nd, 2009
5:02 pm

When will we a coach to take advantage of the outstanding talent we already had. More great talent that never lives up to their potential due to a lack of coaching won’t win the ACC.

Rufio

April 22nd, 2009
5:04 pm

I loved the part at the end about the “player development program”

whats that?

The Ole Ball Coach

April 22nd, 2009
5:05 pm

UGA is better off without Miller ….He was going to just play for Felton and not the university of Georgia. Evidently Miller could leave Georgia so quickly and then go to arch rival Tech.
Hey yellow or pink will be great colors for him….

allenlaw

April 22nd, 2009
5:06 pm

Hey, losing recruits is just part of the deal when you change coaches. As a Georgia guy, I have to say that I can’t blame a young player for deciding to go with someone who already recruited him, rather than staying for a rebuilding job with coaches he’s never met. I hope he has a great career at Tech, except, of course, for that one game a year.

HHH

April 22nd, 2009
5:07 pm

Tech fans…football really? You won by 3 points in a game our defense gave you and who won the 7 previous games? Your basketball team sux, so does ours for now. You baseball team beat us in one regular season game this year, now which baseball team is the one that keeps knocking Tech out of regionals and super-regionals when it counts? That would be UGA. Ya’ll are truly pathetic that you have so much hate for us.

Joe

April 22nd, 2009
5:07 pm

Apparently Mr. Miller has an affinity for terrible coaches. He loved Felton and now is signing with the worst basketball coach in the state of Georgia, the talent-waster known as Paul Hewitt. Even his own fans know he cannot coach his way out of a paper bag.

ArkyTech

April 22nd, 2009
5:08 pm

Dogs got Quincy-ed!

MiltonDawg

April 22nd, 2009
5:08 pm

who cares?! is there any hype to the guy?

Ronald McDonald

April 22nd, 2009
5:13 pm

Let me put it in terms even leghumpers can understand. He WAS scholarship material for UGetA. He’s NOT scholarship material for Tech.

BeachGaBulldog

April 22nd, 2009
5:16 pm

Red Foreman, Go $*$* YOURSELF! LOSER!

the real OLD GOLD

April 22nd, 2009
5:18 pm

BAHAHAHAHAHHAH!

Wreck7

April 22nd, 2009
5:20 pm

HHH said:”Tech fans…football really? You won by 3 points in a game our defense gave you and who won the 7 previous games?”

Hahaha, nice one there HHH. Isn’t that the point? Take what weakness the other team gives you and exploit it. Unfortunately for the mutts, their weakness was the whole damn defense.

Jones

April 22nd, 2009
5:21 pm

Miller going to GT probably confirms that Lawal is going pro.

Wreck7

April 22nd, 2009
5:22 pm

And it doesn’t matter who won the previous years. We beat the nadlickers fair and square and we have bragging rights so suck balls.

By using your logic, we can say who won the 3 straight years before your 7 games. Idiot.

MinnesotaJacket

April 22nd, 2009
5:23 pm

HHH…Im sorry did those sub-regionals happen THIS year….that WAS LAST YEAR ooo yeah I forgot along with the 7 wins that WEREN’T this year…I mean honestly live in the hear and now and stop being so fn worthless
UGA logic
1. start with talking about the past 7-10 years
2. if one 1 does not work talk about how many girls we have (even though you did not go to UGA you are hoping this is true)
3. if both don’t work just call them nerds because they are going to get paid more than you ever will in the first 2 years out of college.
Good job UGA fans maybe when you can talk about something that differs from those 3 things once in a while it might be fun to talk smack to you but since none of you can think outside of the box its like hitting a blind kid.
Also could be another Luke Schensor from back in the day…not a great athlete but good rebounder and defender!!
Go Jackets

jaxdawg

April 22nd, 2009
5:23 pm

I played baseball with a guy who was on the “hope” scholarship and he told everyone that he was on a “scholarship.” No one ever questioned hum until we actually saw him play. He was awful!!

Draft Me

April 22nd, 2009
5:24 pm

Who cares. No college basketball team in GEORGIA is good anyways.

BergMoo

April 22nd, 2009
5:26 pm

Draft Me, I think Mercer was competitive at points this year.

Ronald McDonald is an IDIOT

April 22nd, 2009
5:30 pm

Let me correct you trade school rejects. Miller was about at the bottom of the barrel so he was someone
Felton could recruit. Miller is a PRIVATE SCHOOL PROJECT and Fox is better off without him.
I’m glad that at least one college in Georgia now has a real coach and it is justice that the joke by
coke is stuck with Hewitt because you idiots gave him that silly contract. LOL

Shane

April 22nd, 2009
5:31 pm

He’s white

???

April 22nd, 2009
5:32 pm

GT football aganist UGA?
Doesn’t UGA lead the overall series by 20 games.
Wow, you got them in basketball.
Maybe GT should worry about winning ther conference first.
Last outright title, 1996.
Maybe this sorry azz boy will help with that.

tjhook

April 22nd, 2009
5:33 pm

Good lookout Bergmoo, Mercer was competitive. Daniel Miller, you are a bandwagon jumper. If being in state was the priority, you should have looked at all the Division I choices. Hope you are not infatuated with the name schools so much that you forfeit your own potential. You’ll be a seven-footer all your life. You’ll be a Techie for a few years at best. And since you moved so 180 in direction, I’m casually concerned about your loyalty for the school you attend.

Jaded Jacket

April 22nd, 2009
5:34 pm

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!

Guys...

April 22nd, 2009
5:35 pm

The financial agreement is made because he can’t sign a LOI at GT due to rules. That does not mean he won’t be on an athletic scholarship come fall.

clickdawg

April 22nd, 2009
5:36 pm

hey yellow bellies, how many fans at your spring game again?

Independent thinker

April 22nd, 2009
5:37 pm

Actually, the term “athletic scholarship” is an oxymoron. The athletes are give “grant-in-aids” to pay for their education. A scholarship, in its strictest sense is a financial award for scholastic ability.

TrimmDawg

April 22nd, 2009
5:42 pm

I am a UGA grad and I bleed Red & Black through and through, but seriously people…..I cannot believe how torn up people get on these things. In reality, most of these comments make both schools look like their fan bases are morons. C’MON!!!!!!

As allenlaw said, you cannot blame a kid for changing schools when the coach and staff who recruited him (and whom he and his family got comfortable with)leaves. He knows the Tech guy so good for him….I hope he does great as he is a product of our state! Hopefully UGA will shut him down when the Dawgs and Jackets play.

We have to be behind Fox as our coach. There have been so many successful coaches come into programs as unknowns who did great just like there have been big name hires who sucked up the place. He will recruit and UGA is not a sinking ship…it sank a few years ago when Harrick sank it. It is just very rusty and stuck in the seaweed of the past! Hopefully it will be pulled up soon so that our states talent has a choice as to where to go for an in-state Div. I basketball program.

It does amaze me how much Tech folks seem to rag UGA all the time, but then it amazes me how ignorant some comebacks can be. Tech beat us last year…no one handed it to them. Don’t let people get so under your skin… seriously…. GO DAWGS!!!!!

Kevin M

April 22nd, 2009
5:44 pm

Georgia gets a brand new start this year and not many currently on board for Coach Fox. Based on what I have heard about his playing style, I won’t be surprised to hear of more defections.
Georgia, IMO, didn’t improve their standing in the state for basketball talent by this hire. Somehow I hope they find a way to be NCAA tourney competitive. Same for Tech. Hewitt should be on the hot seat this year if he gets last year’s results.

Tom

April 22nd, 2009
5:46 pm

He will sign an LOI with Tech in the Fall 2009 signing period. Even with the release from the LOI he signed last Fall with UGA, he cannot sign another LOI in the same ACADEMIC YEAR. That’s the rules.

James

April 22nd, 2009
5:52 pm

Nobody was really knocking down doors to get this guy however as a Dawg fan I hate to us loose anyone right now.The only reason he wanted to leave was because of the coaching change and he chose Tech to stay close to home.Tech didnt win any big recruiting war with Georgia they got an ok player by default.Big deal.

Hmmmm.....

April 22nd, 2009
5:55 pm

….saw this posted earlier today in another site’s blog….

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My son played w/ Daniel his Sr yr at LCA (Daniel’s soph yr) and my wife works there. I’ve seen him play a bunch. We are UGA grads and go to 2-4 UGA B-ball games/yr. Here’s my take fwiw.

That GWA video is from Daniel’s Jr yr when he was 6′8″. He’s a legit 6′11″ now and has size 17 feet. He’ll top 7′. The league we played in is weak …really, really weak. The league is not about embarassing people or rolling up big #’s.

He got his D-1 attention from his AAU play this summer (his only yr playing AAU – Jon Richt didn’t play against any D-1 caliber comp until he got to Clemmuns). He got his offers from that (Tubby really wanted him ,but Minn too far). As soon as word got out last PM that he had been released he got phone calls from Virginia, Minn, and the like in 2 hours.

He’s got a really high B-ball IQ which helps make up for some of his lack of strength and quickness by his seeing plays developing and anticipating. A year of D-1 conditioning will improve those areas I’m sure.

He has great hands and a really soft 12-15 ft jumpshot (see free throw form in video).

He is a quality kid in every regard and comes from a wonderful family with major UGA ties – Spec Towns grandson).

I haven’t talked w/ him this week, but I’d guess he wanted to play for a coach he had previous relationship with (nothing against Fox, just nothing for him per se). He liked Felton adn likes Hewitt. Even after he signed w/ UGA (he attended just about every UGA home game) he also went to a couple of Tech games and likes the staff and team there

Even those I “boo-hiss” the NATS everytime I pass it on the downtown connector, I’ll be cheering loudly for Daniel.

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Jaded Jacket

April 22nd, 2009
5:55 pm

Scout.com rank him as the 28th best center in the nation. Favors is the #1 center of course.

Jaded Jacket

April 22nd, 2009
6:03 pm

Dear Clickdawg, it’s only a spring game. Spring games (if you want to call it a game) don’t count in the ACC standings. Maybe they do in the SEC. I suppose SEC fans have nothing else to do but go watch a bunch of back-up players play one another.

Red Foreman

April 22nd, 2009
6:05 pm

HA HA HA HA -I pissed off the UGAY boys!

jacketbacker

April 22nd, 2009
6:12 pm

it must suck to be a mutt!!

45-42!!!!

THWG

Douglas

April 22nd, 2009
6:14 pm

All that talent Ga. Tech gets in basketball each year — and Hewitt cannot coach them to even an ACC championship. You are just a revolving door for all the AAU basketball players in Atlanta who want to play 1 or 2 years and then leave for the NBA. I bet you will not win an ACC championship in the next 10 years or longer.