Joey Miller Garners Immediate Eligibility for UIC Basketball|
May 29, 2012
CHICAGO - Former Eastern Illinois guard Joey Miller, who officially transferred to the UIC men's basketball program on April 16, has garnered immediate eligibility with the Flames. NCAA officials announced that Miller was granted a hardship waiver, and will have three years of eligibility at UIC beginning next season.
The son of former EIU head coach Mike Miller, the 6-foot-3 Joey Miller averaged 10.4 points, 2.9 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game for the Panthers as a freshman last season. Mike Miller did not have his contract renewed by EIU at the conclusion of the season, and Joey Miller then decided to transfer.
After Joey Miller selected UIC as his transfer destination, head coach Howard Moore and select UIC Athletic Department staffers appealed the traditional transfer rule, which requires Division I transfers to sit out one season before resuming their playing eligibility. After going through nearly a six-week process, Joey Miller learned that he was granted a hardship waiver.
"We're thrilled with the news that Joey has been granted a waiver, and will be eligible to play for our team next season," said Moore. "Joey and his family were in a very difficult situation, and I believe that the NCAA made the right decision, based on all the circumstances. I know Joey is excited about this news, and we're happy to immediately welcome him to our basketball family."
"Specifically, I want to thank Denny Wills for his hard work during the past six weeks," Moore added. "He did an outstanding job communicating with the NCAA, along with Joey and his family while the process was taking place. Denny has been a great shoulder to lean on over the past two years, and continues to have the best interests of our program on his mind."
UIC will welcome seven newcomers to the mix that will all have immediate eligibility next season. They are as follows:
Matt Gorski (7-0, Center, Chesterfield, Va./Fisburne Military Academy), Gabriel Snider (6-1, Guard, Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young), Jake Wiegand (6-8, Forward, Herndon, Va./Fisburne Military Academy), Jay Parker (5-10, Guard, Thornton, Ill./Highland C.C.), Joey Miller (6-3, Guard, Charleston, Ill./Eastern Illinois), Jordan Lankster (6-5, Guard/Forward, Tulsa, Okla./Murray State College) and Carlos Henderson (6-9, Center, Grant, Okla./Murray State College).
UIC is also set to return four starters (Daniel Barnes, Marc Brown, Hayden Humes and Gary Talton) from the 2011-12 campaign. In all, the Flames will return 63 percent of their scoring, including three-of their top-four scorers from last season.