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Prospect Profile

Darius Miller

  • Full Name: Darius Miller
  • Position: Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-8 / 225
  • Birthdate: March 21, 1990
  • College: Kentucky
New Orleans Hornets Round 2: Pick 46

*Good 3-point shooter with NBA range
*Prototypical 3-man size
*Good athlete

*Has had occasional issues with knowing when to step up and be assertive

NBA projection:
Miller is projected as a second-round pick, and he’d offer good value there. He’s versatile enough to play the two and three, and he can also guard three positions. He’s a consummate team-first guy who can become a blender at the next level.

2010-11 Season:
Once again, despite the fact he was an upperclassmen, Miller willingly took a reserve role so a freshman could start ahead of him. That spoke volumes about his team-first attitude. This season, Miller provided senior leadership for a young team, often willing the Wildcats to victory and stepping up when his team needed him to make big shots or defensive stops.

Key statistics:
9.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.5 tpg, 0.8 spg, 26.1 mpg, .474 FG, .376 3PT, .797 FT

Cool statistic:
Only two players in Kentucky high school basketball have earned Mr. Basketball honors, won a state high school championship and then won the NCAA championship. The first was Darrell Griffith. The second: Darius Miller.

Reminds me of:
Wilson Chandler

What Insiders Say:
Kentucky coach John Calipari
“He does everything the team needs him to do; he completes everybody. He’s not competing, he’s completing. He’ll do, if he needs to rebound, defend, he’ll play some guard, and he’ll play some forward, whatever position we ask him, he just completes everybody.”

What Outsiders Say:
Alabama forward JaMychal Green
“He’s a tough guard. In the league he could play the 3 or 4. He can shoot the 3 and he has great midrange and can post up. He has all the tools.”

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.


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