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

gold and white

April 22nd, 2009
6:15 pm

it doesnt appear that gani will be staying. the coaches probably told miller that and that he could play a fair amount, so he came here immediately

Tom

April 22nd, 2009
6:20 pm

Lawal’s departure is still uncertain. If it was a done deal, he would have signed with an agent and discontinued his classroom work. Neither has happened as of yet.

Clarification on the “grant-in-aid” vs “letter of intent” question….(per ncaa)….

NLI policy states a prospective student-athlete is only permitted to sign one valid NLI in an academic year. Therefore, if you sign a NLI during the early period and get a complete release by the institution or one of the NLI committees before the spring signing period ends, you are not permitted to sign a second NLI in the spring. You must wait until the next academic year to sign another valid National Letter of Intent if you have not enrolled at a four-year institution.

Outhoused

April 22nd, 2009
6:21 pm

Tall, stiff, no hops, he may contribute, but not much…

???

April 22nd, 2009
6:23 pm

Watching the back up players is better than watching any GT team.

Dawg1

April 22nd, 2009
6:24 pm

Well I see the idiots from Tech and UGA have made their apperance.

The Dog grad who’s son played with the kid is the best post in here. Let’s wish the kid a great career at Tech and whatever he does in life.

To the Tech idiots – to say that you lack class is an understatement.

For one good post there are 10 poor ones (from both schools). Think I’ll take some time off from you guys for a while.

db

April 22nd, 2009
6:24 pm

why so many angry dog fans? Still smartin’ from foosball?

What?

April 22nd, 2009
6:25 pm

Dear Jaded Jackoff, its way better then watch a regular season ACC game.

GT Fan

April 22nd, 2009
6:30 pm

Please, we need to stop this. We suck at basketball. And we haven’t won crap in ACC football in forever.

to db

April 22nd, 2009
6:33 pm

Foosball? I dont even consider Tech a rival game no more, hell we got a 20 game series lead. Maybe UF. We cant beat them for sh*t.

Baba O'Riley

April 22nd, 2009
6:37 pm

What- what???

Erkel

April 22nd, 2009
6:44 pm

Rivals 3 star recruit- his only other offers were from Minnesota, Davidson, Chattanooga, and Furman. He will ride the pine at Tech?

Dorsey Hill

April 22nd, 2009
6:45 pm

Hey Tech Fans,

Check out this article called “The biggest busts from MAJOR college programs:

http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/30336666/?pg=118#spt_NFL_draft_busts_school

Where’s Tech in this list of MAJOR college programs?

Sid

April 22nd, 2009
6:48 pm

Not only is Hewitt a sorry coach but he has no ethics apparently! Neither does this kid’s parent(s).I hope he rides the pine for 4 years and gets one of those highly regarded Industrial Management degrees. You know,the business degree plus one math course.

Miller Time

April 22nd, 2009
6:48 pm

I like your comments Mr. Perry and even though i hate tech ill be cheering for Daniel.

gotech

April 22nd, 2009
6:50 pm

At least he’ll get a real education

Not Disappointed

April 22nd, 2009
6:54 pm

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! Somebody is having a bad day! Somebody else is still wondering?????? Time shall tell. Now go get my Frosty Orange!!! Ramblin Wreck!

AltamahaDawg

April 22nd, 2009
6:55 pm

Hope the kid finds what he is looking for. Kudos to Coach Fox for releasing him unconditionally. It’s understandable why the Dawg fans are mostly concerned about how his leaving might affect the Georgia basketball program and where he ended up is not really that important. What I dont get is that so many tech fans seem to feel the same way.

Baba O'Riley

April 22nd, 2009
6:55 pm

Sid- Where is the breech in ethics? The kid is going to his 2nd choice because there was a coaching change in Athens.

Jason

April 22nd, 2009
6:56 pm

I don’t mind him being gone.. I’ve seen him play because a friends daughters go to the same school. DUH!!!! He’s great at the Independent Private School level. Heck he has no competition. He’s a man among boys out there and I mean little boys. Half of those kids wouldn’t start for my local middle school team. Good luck Tech and thank you UGA for releasing him.

DJ

April 22nd, 2009
6:59 pm

Dorsey Hill and ClickDawg……. first, if there are no “busts” to talk about then we’re not listed. Thanks for setting yourself up for that one. ClickDawg, as for the all-important attendance at the spring game, I can’t recall the exact number. It was either 45 or 42. I’ll take 45. Seriously, you lose on the field but you have more in the stands. Sounds like you just have more losers following your program to me.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 22nd, 2009
6:59 pm

Dorsey Hill, the link was about the biggest busts. I guess Tech’s absence from the list means that no Tech players turning pro turned out to be busts. DUHH!!!

Isn’t it amazing that whenever UGAG loses a recruit to anybody else, especially Tech, the kid becomes worthless, somebody they really didn’t want to begin with, somebody who could never have contributed. SUCH LOSERS !!!

jacketbacker

April 22nd, 2009
7:02 pm

OMG!…did i just read a ugag fan talk about quality of degrees???? that is FUNNY!!!!….my ugag grad friend is scheduled to mow my lawn this week!!

Jason

April 22nd, 2009
7:04 pm

Jacket… I bet thats the best lawn service you’ll ever get.

R-Wreck

April 22nd, 2009
7:04 pm

Somebody asked earlier if there were any good basketball teams in the state of Georgia. It may be Division 2, but Augusta State Universitry finished 3rd in the nation in Division 2 this year, losing in the semi-finals of the national tournament.

Sanford Drive

April 22nd, 2009
7:05 pm

Actually, Supersize, you’ve got that backward. Tech people like to remind us how sorry our basketball team is by insulting the players. However, now you guys are excited about having one of our terrible players. Your hypocrisy intrigues me. Please explain.

carober

April 22nd, 2009
7:08 pm

the ajc readership is indicative of its writers.

Brian

April 22nd, 2009
7:10 pm

If he is leaving because we don’t have Dennis Felton anymore then I’m ok with that. Thats a fair trade off to me.

Sanford Drive

April 22nd, 2009
7:13 pm

DJ,

You guys are coming off a great season. It’s surprising that there aren’t more people supporting Tech football by attending to the spring game. Why do you think your spring game can’t draw a few more fans in the stands after having such a good year?

RedGADawg

April 22nd, 2009
7:18 pm

Interesting! It wil be hard on this young man if he doesn’t make it at Yella Bug U, it is probably best for new coach to have his own and now with all the Hoopla over this class Hewitt’s backside (class way a DAWG states the obvious) is really on the line. As I say about Global Warming and the Enginerds can understand this, there are not enough data points to predict the future. Therfore if Big Paully boy does’t win it all next year what will the North Ave crowd blame? A bunch of one and dones on campus, gotta get it done in ten months! Countdown is starting!

Bleu_Bayou42

April 22nd, 2009
7:21 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. The bottom line, Georgia Tech needs to graduate some basketball players for PR and to stay in compliance. Georgia Tech’s program is the worst in the country. I can’t think of another college program that has had more NBA talent on their roster in the last five years and done absolutely nothing with it.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 22nd, 2009
7:22 pm

Sanford, if you look at all the posts on this blog today only, you will not see one post trashing any UGAG players, but plenty of posts by your fans saying how worthless this kid is and how Tech is welcome to him.

RedGADawg, Hewitt WON’T win it all next year, and the blame given by Tech posters here will be the same that it always has been. Hewitt CANNOT coach.

OldRat

April 22nd, 2009
7:24 pm

I don’t have enough talent or insight to judge Hewitt as a coach. I do have background for judging character. I couldn’t believe that we had two Seniors, never see a second of playing time on Senior Night, even after game was already decided??????????????

DJ

April 22nd, 2009
7:32 pm

Sanford,

I’ll take that as a serious question, although I assume there will be a punchline at some point. We have a significantly smaller school, therefore a significantly smaller fanbase. We have significantly fewer majors, and let’s face it we have a different overall make-up of the student body than most liberal arts/state U. schools. And that’s not meant as a slam on UGA nor is it a slam on some of our “nerdier” students. It’s simply fact. And I could care less. I must say that I personally only care about a select few (myself and family, coaches and players) attending any of our games. I do laugh at the fact that it (attendance and stadium size), along with Star Trek (not a fan) and tickle piles (no idea what that is, but I think it may resemble that picture of Stafford and his buddy at the kegger a few years back) always come up when the little North Avenue trade school gets a leg up on the Pugs from Athens. Come on, bigger school, prettier women, more resources (facilities, money/alums, curriculum), REM, Ryan Seacrest, Auburn and every Georgia high school’s fight song……you should never lose to us in anything. But lately, I can’t think of anything head to head of any importance that you have won. So, having a smaller crowd at the Tech spring game doesn’t really bother me, and doesn’t really help you.

BehindEnemyLines

April 22nd, 2009
7:34 pm

It’s just a pity we don’t have anyone who can coach this kid up. With the current coaching staff we couldn’t win the ACC if we had LeBron + the Western Conference all-stars.

OldRat

April 22nd, 2009
7:45 pm

Rated the No. 8 center prospect by ESPN.com, Miller averaged 28.8 points, 12.3 rebounds and 7 blocks in leading his school to the championship of the Independent Christian Schools of Georgia-Alabama.

“For a player of his size, he has tremendous hands, touch and instincts for the game,” Georgia coach Dennis Felton said. “He can score with his back to the basket and also facing up to 18 feet. He also has a real knack for rebounding and blocking shots, most of which he keeps in play.”

Steve

April 22nd, 2009
7:45 pm

Miller is a great recruit, and a big loss for the Dawgs. I know no Dawg fan wanted to keep Felton but….

Ty Webb

April 22nd, 2009
8:02 pm

I like it. I was wondering if this was a possibility when I heard about Miller’s release. Now can UGA release Thompkins too?

Decatur Tech Fan

April 22nd, 2009
8:10 pm

ACTUALLY, Tech won a BIG recruiting war over UGAG this year…….His name is Derrick Favors. so all we did when Miller signed is DOUBLE THE DOSE!!!!! Go Jackets!

AltamahaDawg

April 22nd, 2009
9:08 pm

Dawg fans, Don’t pretend we are bettr off without this kid. Unless you think that 3 on 3 drills are the way to go, we need warm bodies.

Tech fans, dont pretend this is some victory. This kid chose to come to a program that clearly had some big issue, over yours. He intially would rather have played for a coach, that we eventually had to be fired, and frankly had one foot in the grave when he recruited him, over your coach who “should” be pretty well established by now.

Steve

April 22nd, 2009
9:08 pm

It’s funny how Tech just keeps pulling in top recruits but consistently finishes far down in their conference and RPI.

Hewitt may be winning the recruiting battle, but why ANY player would want to go there is beyond me. He does nothign with the talent, and his track record of taking top tier talent and prepping them to even amount to average NBA players is probably the worst in all of college basketball.

Basically, as a recruit you gain NOTHING from attending Tech unless you are there for the academics. We all know the big stud recruits are rarely concerned with their academics, no matter what school they go to, so why go to Tech? Shows very poor decision making ability. It would be one thing if they actually improve while at Tech, but one could make a strong argument that most of Tech’s recruits under Hewitt are valued less after they play for him than they were straight out of high school.

Tokyo jacket

April 22nd, 2009
9:29 pm

As a man, he’ll be about 7′ or more, 260 lbs and most likely see 5 seasons at Tech. If he’s the 28th best center this year, I’d say by the time he’s a junior he’ll be a solid contributor.

Oh, and for the guy who said he’s white, how did that white center in Chapel Hill work out for the past 4 years?

BS Patrol

April 22nd, 2009
9:31 pm

DJ, That’s how you know when the doggies like Sanford have really bottomed out. They start talking about their round-heeled women & spring game attendance. And their stadium is huge. I mean it’s sooo BIG!!

Dawg1, AMF!

GADAWG

April 22nd, 2009
9:38 pm

MinnesotaJacket, I think its spelt “HERE and now” not “HEAR and now”…you just got corrected by a UGA student…way to represent GA Tech buddy

CarolinaDawg

April 22nd, 2009
10:07 pm

Good point GADAWG, I know that “spelt” is used in Georgia, but us Carolina Dawg fans like to used the word “spelled”.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 22nd, 2009
10:14 pm

Yeah, GADAWG, you sure didn’t help your cause with that one. The fact is that the grammar and spelling of probably 75% of the posters here from both sides is atrocious. Some of it may be the result of honest typos, but not much. I can’t believe how many apparently do not know the difference between “there” and “their” and “they’re”, or “hear” and “here”, or “your” and “you’re”. Come on, guys, didn’t you learn anything basic in school, however far you managed to go?

Sour Grapes Patrol

April 22nd, 2009
10:16 pm

Sidewalk alums & Wal-Mart fans falling off the bandwagon left & right. Why in the world would anyone that wants to be the best top to bottom go to Ga if they can go to Tech? Wait. I forgot. Big stadium, round-heeled women & the chance to hang around Athens & go to spring games for the rest of your life.

Willy

April 22nd, 2009
10:41 pm

UGA basketball is a joke. GT tapped that ass in basketball, football and baseball this year. Sucks to be a UGAY fan. Look for GT to be top 15 next year in basketball, football, and baseball next year. Feels great to be a GT fan!

Terry Taylor

April 22nd, 2009
10:47 pm

Bleu_Bayou42, he averaged 30 a game and 9 boards playing only half the game. Read the paper, son.

Big Bee

April 22nd, 2009
10:53 pm

HHH, you are such an AH. Just cannot get over loosing several things to GT. probably including your virginity, to an ex-UGA cheerleader that transfered to GT. PS, you are also an idiot. Why don’t you just leave the kid alone and let him live his own life without so much interference?

Chuck Uga

April 22nd, 2009
11:27 pm

This kid will be a benc player at best. The kind of competition he faced was pretty weak. At 6′11″, he’ll have fun and get a good education. But superstar he isn’t. Keep in mind techies that he signed with Dennis Felton who was a miserable failure at recruiting…which is why he isn’t coaching UGA hoops anymore. Oh yeah, and you two-faced fools were calling for Hewitt’s head on a platter just a couple of weeks ago! Enjoy Derrick Favors for the single year he will be at Tech. Looking forward to Mark Fox becoming a hell of a success very shortly. That’s a guarantee.