Calipari on Darius Miller's summer play

New Kentucky coach John Calipari hopes playing on the USA Under 19 National Team does one thing for sophomore Darius Miller.

New Kentucky coach John Calipari hopes playing on the USA Under 19 National Team does one thing for sophomore Darius Miller.

"I hope he become a much more confident player," said Calipari Monday during the Southeastern Conference coaches teleconference. "Before he left (for the tryouts), he was going through two-a-day (workouts). I would be in the office at 11 (p.m.) and he would turn the lights on (in the Joe Kraft Center) and be out there shooting and going hard. I think it has lit a fire under him." Miller is preparing for the championships in New Zealand with the team. Calipari hopes the experience will only enhance the skills he saw from Miller during the six workouts he was allowed to conduct when he got the job following Billy Gillispie's dismissal.

"I was as excited about him as anybody on the team. The way we play with the dribble-drive and wide open style, he has a knack for getting the ball in the basket," Calipari said.

"He's a good athlete. Not great, but good. He can shoot runners, score from the perimeter. He's good enough with the ball. He has a feel for playing fast."

All Calipari felt Miller needed was more confidence and he anticipates just making the elite team had to help the Mason County product in that area.

"He had to work for the tryout. Early on when you are playing one style and you go into that environment and it is a lot like pick-up ball, he struggled at times. But then he kicked it in at the end," Calipari said.


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