Miller blossoming into third scorer?

During a tumultuous time in Kentucky basketball Darius Miller has quietly stepped to the forefront and is beginning to become the third scorer that coach Billy Gillispie thought he would be entering the season.

While Kentucky as a team was having one of its roughest runs in recent memory UK freshman Darius Miller began to put together solid game after solid game for the Cats.

Miller has averaged 9.3 ppg over his last ten games, and is now averaging 5.3 ppg on the season. In addition to his play at the forward spots Miller has often been turned to of late to play the point-forward position. His positive assist to turnover ratio is something that is in short supply on this year's edition of the Wildcats.

Miller's stellar play has not gone unnoticed by Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie, "In the last month, he has been really good. He is only going to get better, and he has changed and improved a lot."

Gillispie commented on why it may have taken a little while for Miller to get acclimated to the college game, "It is hard for a freshman, and being Mr. Basketball in this state is added pressure. (Darius) has handled that well. He is the best young person we have seen and he is coachable."

Miller's offense numbers aren't the only improvement in his game. According to his coach, "Not only has he become a better offensive player, he is a really good defender. Like any freshman he has his moments, but he is guarding guys who are a lot smaller who have a quickness advantage. He is learning to play angles and I'm proud he is improving in that area so quickly. He is not afraid to take shots and force the action, and I have great confidence he can guard his man in the toughest situations."

Gillispie's words are backed by his actions, as when crunch time arrives Miller is more often than not on the floor for the Wildcats.


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