Sources close to the situation confirm that Dwight Miller, a 6-8, 245-pound post prospect from Midland (Texas) College, has signed with the Vols.
Miller is rated the No. 10 junior college prospect in America by jucojunction.com. He averaged 8.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game for Midland last season, helping the Chaparrals to a 33-4 record and a runnerup finish in the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament.
Miller was at his best in the final two rounds of the NJCAA event. He hit 4 of 5 field-goal tries, including 2 of 3 from beyond the arc, en route to 15 points in 18 minutes as Midland beat Southeastern 79-68 in the national semifinals on March 18. He also recorded 2 assists, 2 blocks and 1 rebound that day.
One day later Miller hit 4 of 6 shots on his way to an 11-point, 6-rebound, 2-block outing in 28 minutes as Midland suffered a 72-64 title-game loss to College of Southern Idaho.
Miller struggled a bit in Midland's first two tourney tests. He scored just 4 points on 1-of-7 shooting in the Chaparrals' opener but grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked 2 shots in 24 minutes as his team edged Chattanooga State (featuring 6-11 former Vol Philip Jurick) by a 75-71 score on March 15.
Miller was basically a non-factor in his second tourney game, picking up three fouls in just 15 minutes. He went 1 of 2 from the field, finishing with 4 points and 3 rebounds as Midland notched an 86-76 defeat of Wabash Valley on March 16.
Originally from Nassau, Bahamas, Miller moved to the U.S. six years ago and began training with former Houston Rockets superstar Hakeem Olajuwon. Miller first attracted national attention when he posted 10 points and 7 rebounds per game at the 2007 ReebokU camp, winning the Dante Anderson Award as the unsung player who did the most to boost his stock.
He averaged 15.8 points per game as a senior at Houston's St. Pius High School in 2007-08, earning recognition as the No. 65 prospect in America from hoopscoop.com, even though he had been playing organized basketball for just three-plus years.
Miller weighed 25 scholarship offers before choosing Pittsburgh. He redshirted as a freshman due to a broken toe, then played sparingly in Year 2. When the Panthers oversigned for the 2010-11 season, Miller reportedly was encouraged to leave. He promptly transferred to Midland, where he resurrected his career.
Several major programs recruited him this year, including Memphis, but he ultimately picked Tennessee over Oakland and North Texas.
Previously choosing the Vols during the spring signing period were 6-1 point guard Wes Washpun (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), 6-5 combo guard Josh Richardson (Edmond, Okla.), 6-5 swing man Quinton Chievous of Niles, lll., and 6-9, 230-pound Yemi Makanjuola from Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C.
MAUI TRAVEL PACKAGE
Tennessee is partnering with All Seasons Travel to offer a four-night travel package that includes round-trip airfare from Atlanta to Maui for fans hoping to watch the Vols compete in the 2011 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Nov. 20-25. Accommodations are at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, which is Tennessee’s team hotel.
Also included in the travel package are tickets to Tennessee’s three tournament games at the Lahaina Civic Center.
Fans who take advantage of this opportunity also will receive round-trip transfers from the Kahului, Maui Airport to The Westin, coverage of all hotel taxes and fees, a meal with the Tennessee team and round-trip shuttle transfers from The Westin to the Lahaina Civic Center.
Visit http://bit.ly/VolsinMaui for additional details, terms and conditions and registration information.
The Maui Invitational also field includes Duke, Georgetown, Kansas, Memphis, Michigan, UCLA and host Chaminade.