This summer Miller was his usual stat-stuffer while playing for the United States in the World University Games. He deferred to others when it came to offense, but was one of the team's top rebounders and defenders.
Calipari, though, is convinced Miller will be more assertive for UK this year for one simple reason — the team needs it.
"I think no one on that (World University) team, because they played a lot of people, will get 25 points. They played him as a 4, sometimes a 3. So he can play for us 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. He can play any of those positions, which makes him really, really valuable," the Kentucky coach said. "Now, the work, getting the body right, being able to improve your speed, all those things, being able to play tough, not be afraid to take it over. You think about this. He was the MVP in the conference tournament. Think about that. So he's capable, got to bring it every day."
Former teammate Josh Harrellson said it was Miller, not him, that was last year's team leader. This will be Miller's third straight year to see the nation's No. 1 recruiting class come to Kentucky, but each season he's accepted whatever role Calipari needed from him. Not everyone could do that, but Miller has had no trouble.
"Well, first of all, he's a wonderful young man. No question about it," Calipari said. "He has adapted to a new coach. He's improved himself every year. There were times that I said he could be as good as anybody in our league. We got to get it out of him. He's got to get it out of himself.