Miller interested in Pitino's offer

Middlesboro star Stuart Miller made an unofficial visit to Louisville Wednesday night and came away impressed with the Cardinals program. U of L coach Rick Pitino has talked to Miller about joining the Cardinals program next year as a walk-on, and Miller seems highly interested. But there might be one big problem standing in the way. has latest.

Middlesboro star Stuart Miller made an unofficial visit to Louisville Wednesday night and came away impressed with the Cardinals program.

"He had a good time and a good meeting with Coach Pitino," Middlesboro coach Bill Jones told "It really excited him."

Miller made the trip to Louisville with his father, Gary, and the two had a chance to get an up close look at the U of L program. Besides watching the Cardinals 65-53 win over the Blue Demons, the Miller's also toured Minardi Hall and the basketball practice facilities.

"We got to the game about 30 minutes before tip-off and got to speak with Coach Pitino for about 15 minutes," the elder Miller said. "He let us go through the pre-game and post-game. That was neat to see."

Here's the deal. Louisville has invited Miller, the three-point shooter in the state of Kentucky, to join their program as a walk-on next season. Miller's father made it very clear his son has interest in the Cardinals' offer. But there could be one catch.

Despite attending high school in Kentucky the past four years, the Miller's live across the Kentucky state boarder in Tennessee. That fact might have huge implications on the finances of attending – and paying to attend – U of L next year.

"It's a shame that we live in Tennessee," Miller said. "We're probably eligible for some financial aid, but $5,000 for in-state tuition verses $15,000 for out-of-state tuition is quite a difference. We're going to look into how we could do it. I think Stuart has interest in the situation. When Coach Pitino calls that's another world situation. It's very appealing. But it's a financial decision. It would be a wonderful situation if we could afford it."

Apparently, Kentucky has also shown interest in Miller. "They've talked to us about the same thing that Louisville has about walking on next year," Miller said. "We're probably going to go up there for a visit."

Miller holds two scholarship offers, both from NCAA Division II programs. He'll visit Birmingham Southern this weekend. Next Monday, Louisville assistant Steve Massielo is scheduled to watch Miller in action against Cumberland High.

"He's the best shooter I've ever seen," Jones said. "People say he shoots too much, but I wish he'd shoot more often. He's making 43 percent of his three-pointers."

With two games left to play, Miller needs 12 more threes to set the national high school record for career three-pointers made. He's averaging 6 3's per game, so the record is well within sight. "I've got a shooter," Miller said. "I know that."

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