JUCO guard D’Juan Miller officially commits to UIC

Photo: Jay David Murphy / Eastern Arizona Courier

UIC announced Wednesday that junior college point guard D’Juan Miller signed his letter of intent to join the Flames for the 2014-15 season. He joins high school seniors Tai Odiase and Grant Sims in the Flames’ incoming recruiting class.

Photo: Jay David Murphy / Eastern Arizona Courier
Photo: Jay David Murphy / Eastern Arizona Courier

Miller, who has attended Eastern Arizona College the last two seasons, is undersized at 5’8″ but skilled. He started both seasons at Eastern Arizona and was named to the first team All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference last season. He averaged 17.5 points, 4.8 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2.5 steals.

“We are excited to have D’Juan as part of our program,” UIC head coach Howard Moore said in a release. “We were looking to address our point guard position with someone who can control an offense and has shown leadership on both ends of the floor. We saw both of these elements in D’Juan. He will be a great addition to our team as we now look to add some depth to our front line over the offseason.”

Moore likened Miller to a combination of NBA guard Nate Robinson and former NBA guard Dee Brown, who helped lead Illinois to the 2005 NCAA Tournament championship game.

He’s a player with a lot of athleticism and can score with confidence,” Moore said.

Miller was an explosive scorer for the Gila Monsters. He posted 46 points against Central Arizona College on Feb. 8, 2013. He also scored 20-plus points 13 times in 31 games last season.

“D’Juan was the most athletic player in our conference this past year,” Eastern Arizona head coach Maurice Leitzke said. “When teams would press us full court, all we needed was D’Juan to break the press. No matter who we played, D’Juan was always the fastest and quickest player on the court. He’s an incredible ball-handler and has the ability to dictate tempo.”

Moore also announced junior center Will Simonton will not return to the team next season. Simonton’s departure leaves the Flames with two available scholarships for the 2014-15 season.

According to Rivals, the Flames have extended offers to Highland Community College forward Marvin Jones and Brooks College Prep (Ill.) point guard Erick Locke. Jones averaged 9.0 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocks last season at Highland CC.

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