Calipari wants Miller to strive to be great

At the top of his game Darius Miller can turn in performances like he did last spring when he was named the MVP of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. When Miller isn't at the top of his game he is still good, but Kentucky coach John Calipari wants Miller to strive to be great.

Kentucky coach John Calipari has seen what Darius Miller can do when he is at the top of his game. He has also seen him when he doesn't play with the aggressiveness necessary for him to be at his best.

"We like (Darius) to be aggressive, come up with balls. Don't have a 6'2 guy on you and keep ball faking, just go do the stuff we all know you are capable of doing. We've all seen him do it," said Calipari.

Calipari continued, "If he plays tough and is aggressive offensive and defensively then we are really good, if he doesn't then we'll be fine, he just won't play much but we'll be fine. He's capable of being the SEC Tournament MVP, he did it last year. His run at the end of the year is what elevated our team. He's playing fine (this year).

"I don't like fine or good, that's our enemy. You don't want to be good, try to be great. Do the things you are capable of doing every day in practice and every game. You have to come with the mentality that you are going to work on everything and get better. That's not just for him, that's for everybody."

The second leg of Miller's senior season is now underway. The third, and final leg of this race is the postseason, where Miller excelled in many of the contests Kentucky played during its march to the Final Four.

Now is the time for Miller to set the tempo for this leg of the journey, so that he is prepared to be great for the final leg of a journey Kentucky fans hope end in the hanging of an NCAA Championship banner in Rupp Arena.

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