Tuesday Night Roundup: Darius Miller, Tom Leach, and NBA Cats Update
04/30/2013 05:47 PM
A Champion Returns
Darius Miller is back in Kentucky for a bit, and KSTV caught up with him. The former Kentucky forward said his first year in the NBA was solid even though the team struggled a bit and starting his NBA career was easier with close friend Anthony Davis on the same team. They even lived right across the street from one another during the season.
Miller also told us he loved matching up against LeBron James, who he thinks is the best player in the world, but of his fellow former Wildcats, he always wants to beat Patrick Patterson, especially now that he is on the same team as DeMarcus Cousins.
Miller was lauded as the leader of the 2012 championship team and was dearly missed last year as the team struggled with chemistry. Miller told us seniority doesn’t necessarily make a leader, which bodes well with eight talented youngins coming in.
Watch the full interview here.
For fans wanting to meet Darius Miller while he’s in town, he will be signing autographs tomorrow at Lexington Sports Cards from 6:30-8pm, and he will also have a couple of camp opportunities.
The first is the Mr. Basketball Skills camp with Chris Lofton in Maysville on June 27 through 29. The camp will be held at the Tom Browning Boys & Girls Club and Mason County Fieldhouse. You can register for the camp here.
Also, Miller is a part of Camp One, which has two sesssions-one in Louisville and another Lexington. This camp features Miller, as well as John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson, Darius Miller and Eric Bledsoe. That information is available at TheCampOne.com.
Voice Of The Wildcats
Tom Leach, the Voice of the Wildcats, also joined us on KSTV to talk UK football. He said the hiring of Mark Stoops generated a lot of enthusiasm for football, which was on full display at the spring game when over 50,000 fans showed up to support the Cats. But Leach told us that recruits sensed something big happening even before the spring game, when on signing day, Stoops pulled in a top 30 recruiting class after only being on the job for a few months.
Leach said the recipe for success is getting good players, and Stoops is certainly doing that for the Wildcats. Leach used the analogy that you can live in the same city or the same neighborhood as other schools. Before Kentucky was just in the same metaphorical city as the other dominant SEC football schools, but now, UK may be close enough to walk to Alabama’s house.
Leach also said Jalen Whitlow may have pulled ahead in the quarterback competition by the spring game, but summer workouts will be the final stretch. He expects a decision on who will start at quarterback early once fall practice starts.
Watch the full interview with Tom Leach here.
Jayson Tatum Receives Offer From UK
According to the website Chicago-Hoops-dot-com, John Calipari offered 2016 recruit Jayson Tatum. Coach Cal doesn’t offer many underclassmen, so the Missouri point guard must have really impressed the Kentucky coach. Tatum also holds offers from Kansas, Florida, Missouri, Marquette, and Memphis.
One of the other talented underclassmen Calipari offered was center Karl Towns, who committed to the Cats as a junior in high school. It will be some time for Wildcat fans to see Towns or possibly also Tatum in Rupp Arena, but it sure is fun to follow their high school careers.
Two Steps Forward For Archie
Archie Goodwin is a couple steps closer to the N-B-A. On Monday, Goodwin hired Charles Briscoe of B-S-M Sports as his agent. Some of Briscoe’s other clients include Junior Cadougan of Marquette, Courtney Fortson of Arkansas, and Chris Hines of Alabama.
The next step for Goodwin is workouts. The former Wildcat guard sent out this tweet:
Goodwin would look great in the red, white, and blue as a Washington Wizard, but at this point, the former Kentucky guard is just looking to solidify himself as a first round pick in the draft. A good workout in D.C. could be a great start to improving his draft stock.
Staying in Sacramento
The Kings will still reign in Northern California. An NBA ownership committee unanimously voted against relocating the Sacramento Kings. The vote effectively shut down a bid from a group looking to bring an NBA to Seattle.
So for now, former Wildcats DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson, and Chuck Hayes are staying put in Sacramento, which is better anyway. You don’t want to mess with the rain in Seattle.
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