Darius Miller Improving

When Chris Lofton was a senior at Mason County (Ky.) High, Darius Miller was a 150-pound freshman who his coach called a "baby colt". Now that colt has grown up and plenty of schools are starting to take notice.

Darius Miller may not be able to score like the last Mason County (Ky.) High standout, but he's a better all-around player.

The 6-foot-6, 210-pound junior is averaging 19.9 points, 8.1 boards, 3.5 assists, 3.2 blocks and more than two steals per game thus far this season for Chris O'Hearn's team.

``He has to do a lot for us," O'Hearn said. "He's so versatile and always guards the other team's best player."

``He can score, but he's not really a scorer," he added. "He's not like Chris Lofton. He can hit the three, but definitely doesn't shoot it as well."

Miller is long and athletic and while he's more comfortable on the perimeter, O'Hearn needs him in the paint at times.

``He's a great kid," O'Hearn said of the 3.4 student. "He's very coachable."

Miller's biggest improvement since he arrived at Mason County is his strength and stamina. When Lofton was a senior, Miller was an eighth-grader who was about 6-foot-4 and 150 pounds.

``He was like a baby colt when he first got here," O'Hearn said. "He was long and gangly, but he grew into his body and moves so much better now."

``He's unselfish to a fault," he added. "There are plenty of times that he doesn't need to be passing the ball, but he does."

O'Hearn said that Kentucky and Florida have both offered scholarships and that schools such as Cincinnati, Louisville, Kansas State, Kansas and UConn have all expressed interest.

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