Purdue Coach Matt Painter, who coached the U.S. team in the recent World University Games, lauded the contributions of UK’s Darius Miller.
“You are who you are,” Painter said of Miller on a Monday teleconference. “Darius is a good guy, he’s a hard worker, and obviously he’s a very good basketball player. Anytime you can be MVP of the SEC Tournament, it speaks for itself.”
Painter noted that he had coached Miller in another international competition two years ago.
“His improvements from two years ago are great,” the Purdue coach said. “He’s better in all phases of the game in terms of handling the basketball, shooting the basketball and his overall decision-making. He’s really evolving into a big guard. He’s still going through that process, but he’s made some big steps. That (UK) staff has done a great job with him because he’s really made improvements in all areas of his game.”
The U.S. team used Miller in multiple ways, Painter said. But the UK player also contributed by simply being a nice guy to have around, Painter said.
“He’s a great teammate and a good person,” the Purdue coach said. “I think Kentucky’s got an unbelievable chance to go far this year, if not win it all. If Darius Miller is one of your guys in the mix, with a lot of young talent, he’s going to do a great job helping to piece things together because he’s that quintessential teammate.”