Hoops staff eyes another walk-on

David Noel isn't the only walk-on that Matt Doherty has targeted to add depth to the roster.

Charlotte native Wes Miller, a teammate of signee Rashad McCants' for the past two seasons, is contemplating whether to walk-on at UNC or Wake Forest or accept a scholarship offer at a lesser program.

Miller is a 5-11, 180-pound point guard who played his freshman season at Charlotte (N.C.) Country Day, transferred to Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania for his sophomore season before landing in New Hampton Prep (N.H.) for the last two-plus years.

He makes good decisions and can knock down the outside shot, but isn't overly athletic and needs to work on finishing when he gets into the lane.

"He's a complete player," McCants said. "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."

"Growing up in North Carolina, every kid dreams of playing for UNC," said Miller, whose father attended Wake Forest. "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."

Miller has a 3.9 GPA and opted to do a post-grad year this season because he wasn't satisfied with his performance a year ago.

"I had a pretty bad ankle injury and I was out all fall," he said. "I wasn't happy with it so I decided to come back another year and everything has worked out for the best."

Miller has offers on the table from Furman and Wofford, while Davidson and James Madison are both showing interest, in addition to Dartmouth from the Ivy League.

But admittedly, Miller is torn with the decision whether to accept a minor role at a program rich in tradition or get a chance to showcase his skills for a mid- or low-major school.

"I'd like to make a decision in March after I take some visits to some of the schools," Miller added. "I've already sat down with coach Doherty when Rashad and I went down there for Christmas break."

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Inside Carolina spoke to two analysts who have watched Miller extensively.

"Wes is about 5'11", strong build, knows how to run an offense, he gives maxium effort on the court and is a good perimeter shooter. His ability to get his shot off, that's what scares away a lot of (big programs) from him. Wes is unselfish, he knows his role and he has done it very well in his three years at New Hampton." – Matt Borrello, New England Hoops Expert

"Wes Miller is a smallish point guard, but he's a tough one. Following him over the past couple of years -- he's really gotten noticeably stronger. While he's only like 5'10 -- he's very aggressive and strong and his handle is more than adequate. He's got a great feel for the game, knows how to read a defense and can knock down the three-pointers with consistency. I like him a lot, and he reminds me of a poor man's Steve Wojciechowski (Duke) or Tom Coverdale (Indiana). A nice roster addition for ball-handling, depth and perimeter shooting." – Clint Jackson


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