LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Two highly touted high school seniors
signed letters of intent to play for Kentucky on Wednesday - the
first day of college basketball's early signing period.
Darius Miller, a 6-foot-8 small forward from Maysville, Ky., is
one of the top contenders for the state's Mr. Basketball award. As
a junior, he averaged 20 points, nine rebounds, four assists and
four blocks for the Mason County Royals.
"He can do everything," Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie said of
Miller. "He's a tremendous athlete, been very well coached, very
Also signing with the Wildcats was point guard DeAndre Liggins,
a Chicago native who currently attends Findlay Prep in Henderson.
As a junior at George Washington High School in Chicago, Liggins
averaged 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
Over the summer, Liggins led his Indiana elite team to win the
championship of the Kingwood Classic, with 11 points and 11
rebounds in the final.
Miller and Liggins represent the third and fourth major signings
for Gillispie. Last year, Kentucky landed top guard Alex Legion and
Patrick Patterson, one of the top high school power forwards in the
"That's the kind of guys we should be getting," Gillispie
said. "We should have a roster full of those kinds of players, and
we won't sleep until we get them."
As for whether there may be another surprise in the early
signing period, Gillispie answered: "Maybe, maybe not."
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