Miller makes USA World University Games team

Maysville native seeks second gold medal, he previously won a gold medal on the U19 team in 2009.

Kentucky senior Darius Miller has made the final cut for Team USA and will be one of twelve players to represent the USA in the World University Games, which opens on August 13.

The Men's Junior National Team Committee made the final selections for the squad.

The twelve players who made the squad will continue training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center through August 7, and will depart for China on August 8th.

Miller said, "It's an honor to be able to do what I love, while representing my country and my university. I'm looking forward to the World University Games and am excited about experiencing the Chinese culture."

The USA has scheduled an August 11 exhibition game against New Century, a Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) professional team, in Huizho, China.

The team will begin play against Mexico at 6 p.m. on Aug. 13 (all times listed are China Standard Time, which is +12 hours from Eastern Time) and will then play Hungary at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 14; South Korea at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 15; Finland at 6 p.m. on Aug. 17; and Israel at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 18.

The top two placed teams from each of the four pools will advance to the medal quarterfinals, which will be held on August 20. Semifinals are scheduled for August 21. The battle for the gold medal will be played the following day.

Miller was a member of the USA U19 team that won a gold medal by going 9-0 at the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship, which was held in New Zealand.

Miller is coming off a season in which he was a valuable contributor to Kentucky's Final Four run. Miller was named the 2011 SEC Tournament MVP while averaging 13.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists during the tournament. On the season the Kentuckian averaged 10.9 ppg and 4.6 rpg on the season.


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