Rated No. 10 on the JucoJunction Top 150 for 2011, Miller is a 6-foot-8, 240-pound JUCO forward from Midland, Texas, where he averaged 8.2 points and 5.4 rebounds last season for the Chaps in 24 starts.
Originally from Nassau, Bahamas, Miller played his high school basketball in Houston, Texas. He averaged 15.8 points as a senior at St. Pius X High School and was nominated for the McDonald’s High School All-America Game.
Miller started his college career at Pittsburgh where, sidelined a broken toe, he redshirted the 2008-09 season. He appeared in 16 games for the Panthers during the 2009-10 season, averaging 0.6 points and 1.1 rebounds.
Apparently his production wasn’t enough to maintain a roster spot. After Jamie Dixon basically recruited over him by signing three incoming freshman with only two roster spots available, Miller was told he would never play for the Panthers. Translation: it’s been nice knowing ya’.
“Miller, who played two seasons at Pitt, was the odd man out this summer when coach Jamie Dixon signed three incoming freshmen. Dixon met with Miller after the season and told him that he would have a hard time ever playing for the Panthers.”
Not willing to sit out the year mandated by the NCAA for transfers, Miller headed to junior college in Midland. From the Midland Reporter-Telegram on February 24, 2011:
After breaking a toe that cost him the 2008-09 season with the Panthers, Miller was looking to make an impact with Pitt the following year. But he never got much time on the court and decided to transfer to Midland College.
MC coach Ross Hodge said Miller is still developing as a player because this is the first year he’s played a lot of minutes at the collegiate level.
“Dwight’s a guy when he plays at the level he’s capable of playing, really makes us that much better,” Hodge said. “The biggest thing with him is being able to come out and be consistent. I don’t think he’s close to being the player he’s capable of being.”
According to Rivals, his other offers were Cleveland State, and North Texas. Miller reportedly visited both of those schools.
A few notes from his official Pittsburgh profile page:
“…a tenacious rebounder and defender who displays outstanding desire and passion for playing basketball. A quick learner, the agile Miller also has the ability to make shots away from the basket and get up and down the floor.”
Carries a ragged FIBA basketball everywhere he goes because he says, “You never know when you’ll find a game or open basket”
Trained with former Houston Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon…Entertained more than 25 scholarship offers during the recruiting process.
UPDATE [5/19 @ 3:20pm]: Quotes from Cuonzo Martin and Dwight Miller.
“Dwight started his career at Pitt, so he has an understanding of what it takes to play at this level,” Martin said. “He’s a physical player who plays hard all the time and can play inside and outside. He’ll be a good addition for us.”
“The coaches were definitely a big factor in me choosing Tennessee,” Miller said. “I like and respect the coaches for many different reasons. They showed me that they were loyal and committed to their players. Another thing I really like about Tennessee is the fan support. The fans are very loyal and really support the team no matter what.”