By Darryl Maxie, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.