Senior point guard Darnell Miller left the GW men’s basketball team last month and will transfer to the University of West Georgia, leaving the Colonials with only one senior on their roster next season. With junior T.J. Thompson starting at point guard and two new players also coming in at that position, Miller was told he would not see much playing time and opted to go play for another school.
“With the playing time situation, me and the coaches agreed that it would be best for me (to transfer),” Miller said from his home in Bronx, N.Y. “We had a meeting and talked about it and that was it.”
After starting 16 games in 2001-02, Miller played in only five games last season before torn cartilage in his left wrist sidelined him for the rest of the year. He was suspended for the first three games of the 2001-02 season for his use of an assistant coach’s personal phone code and went on to average four points, four rebounds and four assists that year.
Head Coach Karl Hobbs is on vacation this week and could not be reached for comment.
Miller said he had offers to play at Division I schools but chose West Georgia because NCAA transfer rules guaranteed that he would be able to play next year and that he would have two years of eligibility remaining. If he transferred to a Division I school, Miller said he would have to sit out a year and there was “only a 50-50 chance” that he would be ruled eligible to play an extra year after missing most of last season.
Having been one of only two remaining team members to play under former coach Tom Penders, Miller said he would have liked to finish his career at GW but is comfortable with his decision to leave.
“Of course I feel like I deserved more,” he said. “But that wasn’t the case, so you pick up and move on.”