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Ken SugiuraKen Sugiura

Daniel Miller unlikely to be drafted, but should get NBA chance

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Former Georgia Tech center Daniel Miller most likely won’t hear his name called Thursday night at the NBA draft. The All-ACC player will almost certainly will eventually get the opportunity to earn a spot in the league, however.

Miller is not ranked in the top 100 draft prospects on draftexpress.com, not a promising indicator in the draft, which goes two rounds and 60 players. He does make the site’s list of top 100 seniors, ranking No. 74.

There has been interest. Several scouts watched him play this past season, when he averaged 10.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game while shooting 57.8 percent from the field. He has also reportedly had pre-draft workouts with the Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards.

In an e-mail to the AJC, however, draft expert Matt Kamalsky from DraftExpress rated Miller’s chances of getting selected as “remote.” Kamalsky went on to write that “with his size, knack for protecting the rim and ability to score efficiently in a small role offensively, there’s a great chance he has a long career competing at a high level in Europe.”

Miller does possess an impressive set of skills beyond his 6-foot-11, 270-pound frame – shooting touch from the outside, court vision, ball-handling and a knack for blocking shots. Speed and quickness are drawbacks, however.

Miller does stand a high chance of receiving multiple invitations to play in an NBA summer league in July and years to come, according to Kamalsky. That is one route to the NBA. Former Tech guard Anthony Morrow made the Golden State Warriors in 2008 after going undrafted but then playing for their summer league team.

Barring an NBA roster spot this fall, another possible scenario for Miller would be to play in the NBA Development League, another proven route to the NBA. Teams in the league “would have plenty of interest in him as well if he chooses to go that route at any point,” Kamalsky wrote.

The draft will be televised Thursday on ESPN, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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