After spending most of July playing basketball across the country, Darius Miller is glad to be back home in Mason County practicing football with his teammates. "Playing all that basketball was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed it. I didn't really start out planning on playing that much. It just kind of developed and it was probably the most basketball I've ever played," Miller said. "But it helped my game a lot, especially my defense because of the competition I played against. I tried to work on everything, but I know my defense got better."
Maybe that's what caught the eye of Kentucky coach Tubby Smith and led him to make a scholarship offer that Miller was not expecting. "It kind of surprised me when he offered. They really weren't recruiting me as hard as some other schools. Or I didn't think they were. Apparently they were watching me more than I realized," Miller said. "I know a lot about Kentucky. I was really glad to get an offer from them."
But he was also thrilled to have schools like Florida, Miami (Fla.), Clemson, Louisville and Illinois express interest along with others like Tennessee and Xavier that had months ago.
Miller, 16, says he's in no hurry to make a college decision. "I will probably go at least until the end of my junior season before I make a decision. It's not really intimidating or stressful to have coaches calling now. Actually, it's kind of exciting," Miller said. "If anything, it's nice to be appreciated."
Miller admits he thought about not playing football this season to concentrate solely on basketball. However, he still finds time to play basketball during football season and he says playing football with his friends "is fun and something I love to do."
If all goes as planned, Miller will take several unofficial visits to different schools this fall. But he knows no matter what he does, he'll get plenty of advice from Mason County fans.
"People here ask me questions about basketball every day. That's kind of exciting, too, to know that many people are interested in me," he said.
UK's offer surprised Miller
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