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By LARRY VAUGHT
Darius Miller was supposed to be the Ã¢â‚¬Å“rising starÃ¢â‚¬Â for the Kentucky basketball team this season.
The junior guard is averaging 10.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game and shooting 47.9 percent from the field, including a team-best 53.1 percent from 3-point range. Yet heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s failed to meet the expectations coach John Calipari Ã¢â‚¬â€ and most UK fans Ã¢â‚¬â€ had for him this season.
Miller offered a few insights on his predicament after KentuckyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s win over Mississippi Valley State last week:
Question: John Calipari continues to say you can accomplish great things, but what do you think you can accomplish?
Miller: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Coach expects a lot out of me and tells me that every day. I just have to continue to play and get better. He tells me every day what he thinks I should be doing, so I just have to get better at it.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Question: What has to fill the gap between wanting to do it and doing it the way Calipari wants?
Miller: Ã¢â‚¬Å“I couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t tell you. I really donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Question: You had 14 points and five assists, but do you felt you should have done more?
Miller: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Yes. Coach tells me all the time. He told me today I have to do more. I just have to keep playing and increase my game. I know I can do better.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Question: Do you get tired of talking about this and answering the same questions every game no matter what your numbers are?
Miller: Ã¢â‚¬Å“No, not really. It does come up a lot. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the same people asking it every time. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know. I just have to continue to get better.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Question: Are there still times when players think individual play first, team play second?
Miller: Ã¢â‚¬Å“We still have to work on playing the whole 40 minutes. At times when we arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t playing as a team, we are too selfish with the ball. It is something we have to continue to work on, but I think we are getting better at playing as a team.Ã¢â‚¬Â