Building relationships important to Miller

It is apparant that more than basketball will be key in Darius Miller's recruitment. It is also going to be a coach's ability to get to know Darius as a person. The last two times I have spoken to him, he has mentioned that he is looking to build a good relationship with a coaching staff before making a decision. And with coaching changes, he is starting over with some programs.

Two weekends ago, many coaching staffs including assistants from Kentucky saw Darius playing for the D1 Greyhounds and he was all business while helping his team to the championship game before falling to the Georgia Stars. But this weekend in Fort Wayne was a little different. Darius was playing for a loaded Team Reebok team that featured William Buford, Kenny Frease, Phillip Jurick, Jerime Anderson, Malcolm Lee, Isiah Thomas just to name a few.

With that much talent on one team and a five in five out rotation we didn't get to see the Darius we are used to seeing, but we did see a guy who was having fun on the court as he scored 11 points in a win over the LA Rockfish. The game consisted of no-look passes and highlight reel dunks that sparked the crowd to a frenzy and had the LA RockFish in awe. Miller did his part getting to the line hitting some baseline jumpers while showing off his great athleticism during the contest.

Miller continues to show why he is considered one of the best small forwards in the class of 08. What's great about Miller is that he acknowleges that there is so much room for improvement in his game. And he has stated that he works hard to get better on a daily basis.

Miller is quick to bring up that the change in coaching in Kentucky has made a difference in his recruitment. "But there is time to build that relationship with the coaching staff," Miller also acknowledges. Miller didn't want to give a list but most believe that Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee and Louisville are there. And don't be surprised if West Virginia tries to make a move on Darius, New Mountaineer coach Bob Huggins was everywhere that Miller was last weekend at the King James Classic and the outlook and style at West Virginia will be different in the years to come.

There are a lot of factors that will play a part in Miller's recruitment. He doesn't think distance will be a factor, but the style of play will be something that he looks at when making his decision. It is apparent if Coach Gillispie can build that relationship with Miller over the months Kentucky will be in the mix to the end. And it would seem that the longer his recruiting process goes might give the new coaching staff at Kentucky a chance to do that.

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