Miller Enjoys IU Unofficial

Some family ties to Indiana University and the state of Indiana could help the Hoosiers' cause in their pursuit of Scout.com's 30th-ranked player in the '08 class, Mason County H.S. standout Darius Miller...

Bloomington, Ind. – He might be from the Bluegrass State, but 2008 standout Darius Miller has some strong ties to the state of Indiana.

The 6-6, 185-pound forward from Mason County (Ky.) H.S. was in Bloomington over the weekend for an unofficial visit, the latest in a growing list of programs the top-30 '08 prospect has seen recently. Miller was on Notre Dame's campus as well last weekend, and has also made recent unofficial trips to Tennessee (where former Mason County H.S. standout Chris Lofton plays) and Illinois. It's an ever-expanding list of suitors for Miller, who also has been drawing interest from the likes of Kentucky, Florida, Miami (Fla.) and Xavier.

While it's been some time since Indiana attracted a player from its southern neighbor to play basketball in Bloomington, Miller has some family connections to IU. His high school coach, Chris O'Hearn, said Miller has a couple of uncles who attended IU and his father is from South Bend.

That helped bring Miller to Bloomington over the weekend.

"I asked how it went and he said it went well and that he enjoyed it," O'Hearn said. "He was passing through there and stopped by and visited campus and the coaches for a couple of hours."

Miller is a player who's quickly attracting attention as one of the top players in the '08 class. A slew of coaches had an opportunity to see him play over the summer when he played on the same AAU squad as elite '07 recruits O.J. Mayo and Bill Walker. While the presence of Mayo and Walker might have kept Miller from being the offensive focal point, it did put some of his other skills on display.

"He did a lot of the little things to help them out," O'Hearn said. "It shows the coaches what he can do. Playing at an Indiana or a major D-I program is a lot different than playing at high school, and his play this summer showed coaches what he can do as far as fitting into the framework of a team.

"He can fit in with just about anybody and a successful, contributing member of the team."

One of the reasons for that is his versatility. At 6-6 and 205 pounds, Miller can play both inside and out and he's a weapon in transition as well.

"He has good size and he has long arms," O'Hearn said. ""He's thin but he's wiry strong. He handles the ball really well and plays well in transition. He passes the ball really well in transition – that's one of his biggest strengths."

Rebounding is another area Miller has elevated his play over the summer.

"From talking to coaches, he did a really nice job rebounding the ball this summer, even when he was playing against bigger players, 6-8, 6-9, 6-10, they all said he played hard all the time and he rebounded the ball well offensively and defensively and I was glad to hear that. They talked about the hustle plays he made, taking charges."

Another thing that makes Miller standout in O'Hearn's mind is his work ethic and the kind of person he is on and off the court.

"He's a great kid – character-wise, you don't find them any better," O'Hearn said.

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