Report: Miller to transfer to UNC

James Madison point guard Wes Miller has decided to transfer to North Carolina as an invited hoops walk-on, according to the <i>Greensboro News & Record</i>.

Miller, a 5-11, 175-pound Charlotte native who prepped at New Hampton (N.H.) alongside Rashad McCants, considered walking-on at UNC last year before opting to attend James Madison on a scholarship.

"Growing up in North Carolina, every kid dreams of playing for UNC," Miller told IC in Feb. 2002. "I'm being recruited by some schools in the Southern Conference and it's a decision I'm going to have to make, but haven't made yet. Do I want to go somewhere, play and make an impact or go somewhere to be part of a special program."

As a freshman at James Madison, Miller was the team's top reserve, appearing in 30 games and averaging 17.2 minutes per contest. He averaged 4.1 points, totaled 40 assists and hit 33-of-103 three point attempts (32%). His season high was a 15-point effort, including five threes, against William & Mary.

"He's a complete player," McCants told IC last year. "He plays defense, has legitimate ballhandling skills and can really shoot the ball. He's a good leader, is intense and has all the intangibles."

IC's Clint Jackson has watched Miller for several years.

"Miller is a stocky kid who's strong, gutsy and courageous," Jackson said. "He plays hard and takes whatever the defense gives him. He knows how to distribute the ball well and can hit the jumper with decent consistency if left open. His body is somewhat similar to former Duke pointman and current assistant coach Steve Wojciechowski.

"I saw him play in high school, prep school as well as college this year as a freshman. I like the kid's chances to eventually be able to contribute off the bench for UNC. I think his work ethic and determination alone will impress the new coaching staff in Chapel Hill."

Previous IC stories on Miller ...

02/04/02 - Hoops staff eyes another walk-on

02/24/02 - Wes Miller Photo Gallery

02/24/02 - Wes Miller Q&A

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