Miller taking overseas experience in

Because of the 18-hour time difference, Darius Miller has not been able to talk to his University of Kentucky teammates or coaches very often during his time in Auckland, New Zealand, with the USA under 19 team.

Because of the 18-hour time difference, Darius Miller has not been able to talk to his University of Kentucky teammates or coaches very often during his time in Auckland, New Zealand, with the USA under 19 team.

"I've talked to some players and the coaches a little bit, but it's hard with the big time difference," said the University of Kentucky sophomore from Mason County. "I have talked to my parents more than anybody because they want to know everything that is going on."

He's been able to enjoy some time away from basketball during the trip. The team took a Waitemata Harbour cruise that he said provided a spectacular view of the Auckland city skyline as well as the surrounding islands.

"We went sightseeing a few times. We walked around and viewed some of places on the island. It is just a beautiful place, especially outside the city. The beaches are really nice," Miller said. "It has just been a great experience." He has managed to find time to purchase a few souvenirs to bring home.

"I've got quite a few things to bring back. I didn't pick out anything specifically for one person. I am just going to let them all choose what they want," he said.

Miller also admits he will be glad to return to Kentucky after spending time at the team trials in Colorado and then going straight to New Zealand.

"I am definitely happy to be here," Miller said Friday. "Being part of this team is a great experience and has made me a better player. But I do miss my family a lot more than I anticipated." He has made friends with the other 11 players on the team, including Terrico White of Mississippi and Howard Thompkins of Georgia — two Southeastern Conference rivals.

"I knew quite a few them already, but not as well as I do now," Miller said. "They are all good teammates and friends. I think that is one reason we have played well as a team.

"The whole situation is different than college. You don't play as much because you have more great players on your team. The crowds have kind of surprised me with how big they have been, but it's nothing like Rupp Arena or anything like that."


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