Replacing a four-year starter in Daniel Miller is going to be slightly difficult considering how much he meant to the Georgia Tech basketball program. Miller finished his career No. 1 at Tech and fourth all-time in ACC history in blocks shots, sixth all-time in defensive rebounds and ninth all- time in minutes played.
The departure of the Yellow Jackets’ center is going to take a little bit of getting used to for fans of the hoops team. It seems like Tech fans have been seeing Miller standing in the paint forever, and not watching the 6-foot-11, 275 pound land mass run up and down the court with number five on his back is going to be a shock to the system at first.
Not to worry though. Brian Gregory has actually recruited a worthy replacement for Miller in 6-foot-10, 225 pound Ben Lammers out of San Antonio, Tx. Lammers averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4.5 blocks as a junior at Alamo Heights High School, and some scouting services have Lammers as a Top 20 prospect at the center position.
According to Scout.com, Lammers strengths are his hands, basketball IQ, and defensive presence, which for sure are tools that will be enhanced with coach Gregory bringing in former Auburn and NBA center Mamadou N’Diaye to be an assistant coach this fall.
Lammers deficiencies according to Scouts.com is his athleticism and explosiveness. Those things can be compensated for by Lammers learning from coach N’Diaye about proper positioning and how to use leverage on opposing players.
Lammers should come to the Flats with the starting center job in hand since the competition at the position looks thin going in to this upcoming season. Another four year undertaking at the center position looks to be in order for the Georgia Tech Hoops program. But Lammers seems to have the raw tools to be a solid contributor for the next four years at Tech. This should be fun and sometimes nerve-racking to watch.