Darius Tiyon Miller (born March 21, 1990 [2] ) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the University of Kentucky and finished his senior season by winning the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament on the 2011–12 Kentucky Wildcats team.

High school career

Miller attended Mason County High School, where he averaged 19.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.9 steals per game and led the team to a state championship in 2008. [3] After his senior season in high school, Miller was named the KHSAA 's men's basketball player of the year, commonly known as " Kentucky Mr. Basketball ".

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com , Miller was listed as the No. 8 small forward and the No. 42 player in the nation in 2008. [4]

College career

Following Kentucky's 2012 national championship win, Miller was chosen to present a commemorative Kentucky jersey and championship ring to President Barack Obama during the team's visit to the White House on May 4, 2012. During the visit, Obama noted that Miller is the only player from Kentucky to have been named Kentucky's "Mr. Basketball" (high school player of the year in the state), win a KHSAA state championship (Mason County High School) and claim an NCAA title with the University of Kentucky . [5]

Miller finished his college career having played more games for the University of Kentucky than any other player. [6] The Wildcats' championship game and Miller's last collegiate match was his 152nd appearance for the team, surpassing Wayne Turner 's previous record of 151 games. He and Deon Thompson of North Carolina are currently tied for fourth place in career games in NCAA Division I men's play, and have the most games among those who played in exactly four seasons.

Professional career

Miller was selected with the 46th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets. On August 22, 2012, he signed a multi-year deal with the Hornets. [7] On December 31, 2012, Miller was assigned to the Iowa Energy . [8] On January 27, 2013, he was recalled by the Hornets. [9] In April 2013, the Hornets were renamed the Pelicans.

On July 25, 2014, Miller re-signed with the Pelicans. [10] On November 30, 2014, he was waived by the Pelicans. [2]

On January 16, 2015, Miller was opted over another D-League player for a position on the Clippers. [2]

On February 24, 2015, Miller signed with Brose Bamberg of Germany for the rest of the 2014–15 season. [2] On July 28, 2015, he re-signed with Brose Baskets for one more season. [2] On June 7, 2016, he signed a two-year contract extension with Bamberg. [2] On July 19, 2017, he parted ways with Bamberg in order to return to the NBA. [2]

On July 27, 2017, Miller signed with the New Orleans Pelicans, returning to the franchise for a second stint. [2] On November 13, 2017, he scored a career-high 21 points in a 106–105 win over the Atlanta Hawks . [2]

NBA career statistics

GP Games played GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season

2012–13 New Orleans 52 2 13.3 .407 .393 1.000 1.5 .8 .3 .2 2.3
2013–14 New Orleans 45 7 16.1 .440 .325 .806 1.2 1.0 .5 .2 4.4
2014–15 New Orleans 5 1 8.6 .143 .000 .000 .2 .4 .2 .0 .4
Career 102 10 14.3 .420 .351 .841 1.3 .9 .4 .2 3.1

National team career

Miller represented the U-19 United States national team at the 2009 U-19 World Championship held in New Zealand, where they won the gold medal. [2]

See also