May 19, 2011
The Tennessee basketball team recently added a post player to its current signing class, as head coach Cuonzo Martin announced Thursday that Dwight Miller has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Tennessee and play basketball for the Volunteers beginning with the 2011-12 season.
A 6-8, 245-pound forward who began his collegiate career at Pittsburgh, Miller helped lead Midland (Texas) College to the 2011 NJCAA national championship game. JucoJunction.com rates Miller as the 10th-best junior college prospect in the country.
"Dwight started his career at Pitt, so he has an understanding of what it takes to play at this level," Martin said. "He's a physical player who plays hard all the time and can play inside and outside. He'll be a good addition for us."
Miller was coached at Midland College by Ross Hodge. The Chaparrals posted a 33-4 record last season and captured the Western Junior College Athletic Conference title as well as the Region V Tournament crown.
Miller plans to enroll at UT this summer and hopes to major in Political science. He has two years of athletic eligibility remaining.
"The coaches were definitely a big factor in me choosing Tennessee," Miller said. "I like and respect the coaches for many different reasons. They showed me that they were loyal and committed to their players. Another thing I really like about Tennessee is the fan support. The fans are very loyal and really support the team no matter what."
Originally from Nassau, Bahamas, Miller graduated from St. Pius X High School in Houston before enrolling at Pitt. He redshirted the 2008-09 campaign and appeared in 16 games as a redshirt freshman in 2009-10.
As a high school senior in 2008, Miller was a McDonald's All-America nominee after averaging 15.8 points per game and powering St. Pius X to a 22-8 record, a No. 4 state ranking and the TAPPS 6A District 3 championship.
Miller formerly trained with retired NBA champion Hakeem Olajuwon and also is a product of Frank Rutherford's Elite Bahamian Education Program, which aims to help Bahamian student-athletes achieve college academic excellence in the United States. Rutherford was the first Bahamas native to win an Olympic medal, earning bronze in the triple jump in 1992.
Miller is the fifth member of Tennessee's current signing class, joining guards Chris Jones (Memphis, Tenn.), Wes Washpun (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Josh Richardson (Edmond, Okla.) and Quinton Chievous (Niles, Ill.).