Miller excited to play at UNC

Just ask Roy Williams. It's nearly impossible to turn down the North Carolina Tar Heels twice.

That was also the case with Wes Miller, a hard-nosed point guard who chose James Madison over a walk-on opening in Chapel Hill a year ago, but will transfer to UNC after spending a year in the Colonial Conference.

"I had an OK year at James Madison," said Miller, who averaged 4.1 points and 17.2 minutes in 30 games as a freshman. "I struggled early, but I thought I played well in the second half and was excited about how I played."

"I had a good experience and liked the place a lot, but it just wasn't the right fit,' he added. "I felt it was time to move on, but I got a lot of playing time when I was there – especially in the second half of the year."

The 5-11, 185-pound Miller, a Charlotte native and former teammate of Rashad McCants's at New Hampton (N.H.) Prep, received his release this past Friday and also considered a pair of Ivy League schools – Penn and Columbia – before accepting a walk-on offer from UNC.

"I visited all three, but in the end I just couldn't turn down the North Carolina tradition," Miller said. "The chance to play at a program like North Carolina and for one of the best coaches in Roy Williams."

Miller will need to sit out this season, which may be the best scenario for him to make the adjustment from playing in the Colonial Conference to the ACC.

"Obviously, it wasn't the ACC," he said. "But just playing D-1 basketball at a mid-major level was a jump from prep school. It'll be another jump to the ACC, but I think playing at James Madison prepared me well for that."

Miller said his entire game improved this past season, but the major changes came in strength and his ability to defend.

"I learned how to extend pressure and both people," he said. "The areas I've still got to improve to play at North Carolina are to be able to break down defenses better and adding my mid-range game."

"Obviously, I'm really excited about this," he added. "A chance to play at North Carolina speaks for itself."

Previous IC stories on Miller ...

06/01/03 - Report: Miller to transfer to UNC

02/24/02 - Wes Miller Photo Gallery

02/24/02 - Wes Miller Q&A

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

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