Will Darius Miller Get Drafted?
With Darius Miller set to play in his final home game tonight against Georgia, let’s take a look at what his NBACat future holds:
2012 NBA Draft Projections:
– NBADraft.net – Second Round, #60 to the New Jersey Nets.
– Walterfootball.com – Second Round, #32 to the Cleveland Cavaliers
He’s played point guard, shooting guard, small forward, and power forward in his 4 years at Kentucky, a testament to his incredible versatility. While he may not wow many scouts with his jaw-dropping athleticism, it’s not like he can’t soar above the rim. He’s a solid defender, capable of guarding multiple positions and with his long arms and 6’9 wingspan, he’s a surprisingly good shot blocker. When his shot is falling, he’s a dead-eye shooter, having knocked down 161 three-pointers in his career at Kentucky. But what I like about Miller the most is his ability to overpower smaller players and get into the lane where he can make use of his beautiful mid-range hook shot. This ability to get into the lane together with his 3-point shooting has quietly made him UK’s best weapon against zone defenses all year. When he’s playing aggressively, he’s one of the best players in the country.
What the scouts are saying (via The Washington Times):
Darius Miller has been overshadowed throughout his entire career due to all the one-and-dones who have been in Lexington. During his time at Kentucky, though, he has been an underrated player and adapted to any role that he has been asked to play. I think some team could take him late in the first round and hope he can play a role off the bench. Most draft experts target him as a second-round pick, but I really like what he offers with his versatility on both ends of the floor.
Player Comparison: Shane Battier. I told you I was high on Miller. Picture Batter later in his career; a guy who defends a few different positions, knocks down open shots, plays hard and knows his role. I really believe Miller can be that type of player at the next level
Darius Miller will likely go somewhere in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft. If not, he will follow in the footsteps of other undrafted NBACats like Chuck Hayes and Kelenna Azubuike and find his way into the NBA, where he will be an effective role player for years to come.