By Jeff Faraudo
Thursday, August 20th, 2009 at 10:14 am in Basketball.
Junior Eddie Miller, a walk-on guard from Antioch HS, has transferred to UC Davis. Miller played two seasons for the Bears, one each for Ben Braun and Mike Montgomery, but made the move because he wants more playing time. He saw action in just seven games last year, averaging 2.4 points, including a career-high eight vs. Harvard.
“It was a pretty tough decision to make,” Miller said Wednesday night. “My family and I talked about it a lot. I decided I wasn’t going to get the opportunity i was looking for here.”
At Cal, Miller would be playing behind starting guards Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher, along with backups Jorge Gutierrez and D.J. Seeley. At Davis, he will room with De La Salle HS grad Ryan Silva, a former summer-league teammate, and become eligible to play in 2010-11 after sitting out this season.
“They were a great two years. I got to experience a lot of good things,” Miller said of his time at Cal, during which he attended the NIT as a freshman and the NCAA Tournament as a sophomore. “It’s been an awesome experience.”
Miller, the son of Cal associate head track coach Ed Miller, said he has begun to think he would like to coach basketball someday. Wherever his career takes him, Miller said he never will lose his feelings toward Cal.
“I’ve been a Bear since I was born, since I was 2 years old on my dad’s shoulders to 21 years now,” Miller said. “This place feels like home. I’ll always be a Bear at heart.”