Darius Miller building relationships

GEORGETOWN, KY – Two of the best players in the Bluegrass State went at it Friday night. The game between Scott County and Mason County lived up to its billing, but the head-to-head match-up of Darius Miller and Bud Mackey never materialized.

The Cardinals raced out to a double-digit lead in front of a standing room only crowd, but due to a strong second quarter from Miller they only held a five point advantage at half time.

In the second half Miller went to work again as he went for 10 points in the third quarter scoring most of his points at the free throw line or off pull-up jump shots. The 6-6 SF showed an ability to get to the basket at will and even handled majority of the point guard duties for Mason County in the second half.

The Royals cut the lead to one before Mackey finally came alive. Down the stretch Mackey got it going as he knocked down a 12 foot jumper and scored twice at the basket to help the Cardinals secure a 73 to 68 win. The 6-foot-3 Indiana commit finished 7-for-20 from the field for 15 points.

Individual Evaluations

Bud Mackey, PG/SG, Scott County – The Cardinals star struggled to get it going against Mason County. He battled foul trouble much of the first half and only had two points at half time. His jumper wasn't going down from deep as he failed to connect on any of his six three-point field goal attempts. Mackey spent majority of his time at the point guard position, but needs to tighten up his handles before he gets to Indiana. At this point he's a guard without a position.

Darius Miller, SF, Mason County – The Royals struggled to get the ball up the court so Miller was forced to take over as the point guard and he did a pretty good job. He handles the ball and sees the floor well, but it's definitely not his natural position. Miller has a smooth game with a nice off the dribble jump shot as well as an ability to get to the basket. At times Miller seemed to disappear and he failed to get touches on four consecutive possessions down the stretch. Miller scored 23 points and was 6-for-14 from the field and 9-for-13 from the free throw line.

Matt Walls, SG, Scott County – The 6-foot-2 guard struggled from the field while playing in front of Kentucky, who has asked him to walk-on, and Murray State. Walls went 3-for-13 from the field and scored 15 points. While his threes weren't going down he did hit a pair of off the dribble jumpers just inside the three-point line. Due to Mackey's foul trouble Walls played the point most of the game. In the first half he struggled handling the pressure and was forced into five turnovers. His handling and decision making improved in the second half.

Q and A with Darius Miller

KentuckySportsReport: What'd you think of the game?

Darius Miller: It was a real tough game. This was the biggest game of our season obviously because they are the number one team in the state. We were trying to come out and get a victory, it just didn't happen.

KSR: How do you think you played individually?

DM: I could have played a lot better. My free throws were off a little bit and so was my jumper, but I think I had a decent performance.

KSR: How's the recruiting process going for you?

DM: It's going great. I'm still wide open and I don't have a school that I'm solely looking at right now. I'm just trying to finish out the season and enjoy then I'll try to focus on recruiting.

KSR: Do you have any visits coming up?

DM: I'm just going to wait until the end of our season. I want to focus on our season

KSR: What are your thoughts on Kentucky?

DM: Kentucky is a great school and I like Coach Smith and they have a great facility. It's the same with all of the other schools. But I'm going to have to really build a relationship with the coaching staffs before I make my final decision.

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