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03-19-2008, 06:31 PM
In somewhat of a surprising move, mostly due to the high profile of Scotty Hopson nationally, Rise Magazine named Darius Miller as its Gatorade Player of the Year (http://www.risemag.com/main.cfm?actionID=globalShowStaticContent&screenKey=newsArticle&categoryKey=gatoradePOYBoysBasketball&articleId=13656&startrow=1) in the State of Kentucky. The battle for the state's top talent between Miller and Hopson has been fierce. Both are big time recruits with big time games. Miller heads to Kentucky next year while Hopson, whose season ended this afternoon with a Sweet 16 loss to Lexington Catholic, will wait until the spring signing period to announce. It is thought that Tennessee, Mississippi State and UK are at the top of his list in no particular order.


RISE selects Mason County High School standout as Gatorade Kentucky Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year

In its third decade of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, Gatorade joined with RISE Magazine to name senior forward DARIUS MILLER of MASON COUNTY HIGH in Maysville as its 2007-08 Kentucky Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year.

The 6-foot-7, 215-pound senior small forward averaged 20 points and 7.8 rebounds per game this season, leading the Royals (30-4) to the National City/Kentucky High School Athletic Association Sweet 16 scheduled for March 20. A returning First Team All-State selection as named by The HoopScoop Online, Miller added 3.8 assists, 3.1 steals and 2.2 blocks per contest this winter. He collected 28 points on 10-of-13 shooting along with 13 rebounds in an 82-61 victory against Montgomery County in the 10th Region championship. Miller will conclude his career with more than 2,000 points, 800 rebounds and 400 assists.

Miller has maintained a 3.28 GPA in the classroom. An active member of the principal’s advisory committee at Mason County High, he volunteers in numerous community-service initiatives on behalf of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has also donated his time to mentoring youth athletes at the Royals’ summer basketball camps.

“He’s a once-in-a-lifetime type player for us,” said Mason County head coach Chris O’Hearn. “He’s able to do a little bit of everything. That bears out in his stats. He’s so versatile. He handles the ball well, he passes well, he can score and he’s a tremendous defender. He’s a tough matchup for a lot of people because of his size and skill level. To have someone with his size who has the perimeter skills to go along with a good post-up game, he means everything to our team.”

Miller has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at the University of Kentucky this fall.