The NBA Draft is coming up on Thursday June 26th and all draft eligible players are jockeying for position to have their name called that evening by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.
Georgia Tech Basketball does have a horse in the race this upcoming draft in 6-foot-11, 275 pound center, Daniel Miller, whofinished his collegiate career at Tech as the Jackets all-time shot blocker with 286, which also ranks him fourth in ACC history.
Miller has been working out for NBA teams and getting himself prepared for possibly being drafted this Thursday, though projections say that he is either going to be taken late in the second round or have to tryout for NBA clubs through rookie free agency.
Among the teams that have worked him out are the Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets and the Phoenix Suns. Miller signed up with BDA Sports Management to represent him in his NBA endeavors. He should make a roster somewhere in the NBA as a backup center even if he does not get drafted Thursday due to the fact that there is a lack of skilled big men in the NBA and Miller has some nice tools to work with.
If he does not make an NBA roster of course there is always the NBA Developmental League or even going to play overseas. According to walterfootball.com’s center rankings Miller is the 16th best center in this draft. NBA Draft Insider has Miller ranked 19th among eligible centers going into this draft.
In the end, regardless of those rankings what we do know is that Miller is a four-year starter in the ACC which is arguably the best basketball conference in all the nation. His game has improved every single season that he took the floor for the Yellow Jackets and his game is going to continue to grow. His professional prospects are not out of the realm of possibility at all. It is just a matter of the right team seeing his skill set and believing that they could use him.
Seriously, what NBA team could not use a 6-foot-11, 275 pound center that can block shots, defend the paint and give you six quality fouls. Miller should be able to excel in todays NBA for sure. Don’t be surprised if he ends up with either one of the teams that worked him out in Boston, Charlotte, or Phoenix. Also teams like the Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers, and Sacramento Kings could use his services.
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