Brian Miller is the father of Darius, one sought after recruit that Illini fans are paying close attention to, and I think it's safe to say the feeling may be more mutual than Illini fans think. Darius has been to Champaign for an unofficial visit and I just happened to be there at that time. When we met he loved everything about it: the coaches, campus, players - all of it. According to Darius back then, Illinois was a place he could get used to.
Darius is a legitimate five-star recruit from the Class of 2008 and some feel he is the best player in the State of Kentucky. He ranks here at Scout.com as the nation's 5th best small-forward and gets better each time out.
Brian spoke with me last night. "Illinois is going after Darius really hard. He already visited them and I know he's going to visit them again. They have put a lot of time into his recruitment. Last weekend in Texas they saw him play and I'm not sure, but I think Tracy Webster is coming to Akron to see him play this weekend."
Darius is scheduled to play this Saturday morning at 8:00, but Brian wasn't sure off the top of his head who his son will be competing against. Like all these high profile events - the competition will be good.
"Usually Darius is with me so you could speak with him yourself, but right now he's not. After his tournament call him to see how he did. I'm sure he would like that," said Brian. One thing is for sure - Louisville's Rick Pitino and Kentucky's Billy Gillespie will make sure Darius understand how important he is to their programs also. Each coach has put on the full-court press.
This weekend at the King James Shooting Stars Classic in Akron, Ohio a lot of potential Illinois recruits will be on hand. We should have great coverage from Scout.com on all of them.