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One More Miller Goes Pro

Never forget, Quincy.

Quincy Miller, whom you may recall from his flirtatious recruitment with Kentucky, has decided to head to the NBA draft with his teammates Perry Jones III and Quincy Acy.  That’s not strange, in and of itself.  What probably caught the Bears off guard is that Miller had said pretty definitively, and as recently as April 10th, that he was coming back for his sophomore season.

Gary Parrish points out that Miller could be “the first of many heel-turns” among guys who have said they’re coming back, but could still change their minds before April 29th.  Thankfully, we don’t have to worry about that since all five of our possible returnees are already on their way.  But it is an interesting point, and I think Quincy could have been the first snowflake in an avalanche.

On the court, Miller was always a guy whose game I liked, even though he didn’t come here (there wouldn’t have been room anyway, harumph).  He plays like a Bizarro-MKG: all sparkling smooth offense, great jumpshot, lackadaisical defense and interior play, okay transition finisher and rebounder.  But what he did, he did well.  He averaged over ten points per game while getting only 24 minutes, and was a big part of getting the Bears to the Elite 8.

With his skills, inevitable increase in playing time, and overall dearth of talent in NCAA basketball next year, I was actually expecting Miller to take a shot at grabbing a few Player of the Year awards.  Alas, we’ll never know.  He certainly had the potential to do big things his sophomore season, but the allure of the NBA is just too strong.  I’m not sure what made him change his mind, but when the options are getting drafted in the first round and playing in the NBA or staying in Waco, Texas another year, I think that choice pretty much makes itself.

As far as the draft itself goes, even though he’s a solid 6’9″, he’s way too soft to play the 4 in the NBA.  That puts him in the same position as the Kidd, and it will be interesting to see how teams value the two juxtaposing play styles.  I don’t think there’s any way a GM would take Miller first, considering that MKG is a coach’s dream when trying to motivate a team, but expect Miller to go fairly high.

The question now is, with Miller walking out the door, will his decision cause other casual returnees to declare for the draft?  I hope so.  The worse teams are next year, the better it’ll be for us.  You hear that, Cody Zeller?

Article written by Corey Nichols

39 Comments for One More Miller Goes Pro

  1. Experienced
    9:04 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Starts off the day with a post about another schools player…….and nothing about UK.

  2. ummmm
    9:07 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    1. Have you not realized this yet? It is

    9:08 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    this guy was dead to me as soon as he picked baylor. why does he get a 6 paragraph post?
    this should be at most a sentence in a recap of the afternoon post.
    get outta here

  4. TAXman
    9:09 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    While i get tired of the “let’s bash somebody’s writing because it’s cool and everyone’s doing it” comments on these posts, this post had no substance, nor was it something really relevant to anything that anyone cares about. You have to do better than this.

  5. John Ellis
    9:09 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Jump, Cody, jump! You too, Wofford. Strike while the overrating is hot.

  6. Ready 5
    9:11 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Ten bucks says Baylor takes an APR hit due to this guy.

  7. james
    9:13 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Corey, do you know anything about UK Basketball? Just curious. It is just striking how little you actually talk about UK Basketball.

    As for the discussion of Miller … it is interesting that you spend so much space, yet not a single mention of the different dates (NCAA and NBA), which is what it will seem that many are changing their mind.

    And do you really think Miller “walking out the door” will cause others to declare for the draft? Really? Seriously? Why would it?

    And finally … we are UK … we don’t hope other teams are “worse” just so we can look a little better. Let others worry about that.

  8. Walter Sobchak
    9:14 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    4) I care about this information. Speak for yourself.

  9. Dipstick Freemont
    9:22 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    We went to see Davis today in Hazard. People stood in line in the cold rain for over 6 hours and didn’t get his autograph. He refused to speak to any fan or look at them or shake their hand. Then he was there for only about an hour and he decides he doesn’t want to do anymore so he gets up and leaves and doesn’t even look up. There were MANY disappointed fans and children who were heartbroken that they didn’t even have a chance to see him in real life. Miller and Kidd-Gilcbrist stayed, but only a third of the people there today got in and only a fraction got to see Davis. He used to be my favorite from this season but my opinion has changed drastically. It’s obvious he didn’t care about UK, the storied program, or the Big Blue Nation. The only thing he cared about was for Coach Cal to help him become a great player so he could leave after one year and make his millions. Kidd-Gilchrist and Miller today and Jones Thursday in Pikeville were so nice. I hope karma catches up to Davis!

  10. Me
    9:24 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    I’m sure the national media (I’m looking at you espn) will start spreading the hate around to all these schools and kids that leave after just one (or two) years. UK has been the poster child for the “one and done” but we are quickly learning DAILY that this is not just a UK ‘problem.’

  11. Blue Balls
    9:26 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    9) I would get out of Hazard as quickly as I could too. Get over yourself, he has a schedule he has to stick to and you should have arrived earlier if you wanted an autograph.

  12. Me
    9:27 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    #9 – Did you copy and paste that from somewhere else? I thought I heard 84whas tell this story last night – sounded word for word from what they pulled off some other website. If you knew Davis was only gonna be at the location for 1 or 2 hours, you are the dumb one for standing in a mile long line in the rain, thinking you would get to see him – that is on you big boy. Get a life ya hippy!

  13. emlang08
    9:27 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    This Urks me that the Media makes it about UK – One and Done.

    Most these players that are one and Done would have been so at almost any school they attended, So why not get them at UK!

  14. minton
    9:30 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Looks like the crazies are up this morning. Some of our fans embarrass me with all the negative comments. Glad that most of our fans are NOT that way.

  15. fiddlestix
    9:30 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    2Timothy 3

  16. letsbeREAL
    9:31 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Lets be real….Beisner, Matt Jones, Drew Franklin and TT should be the ONLY ones writing on this site. point. blank. period. (like my friend Chane says)

  17. Big J
    9:31 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Sheesh, everyone relax. If you don’t want to read about a former recruit, don’t read the article and certainly don’t take the time to analyze it and then post your analysis. James, he did mention both April 10th and 29th in the article.

  18. Southern Illinois Cat Fan
    9:33 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    #9 Get over yourself. He’s an 18 year old kid who brought us a NC. That is more important to me than you getting an autograph, as an adult. You make quite a few assumptions in your post too. I’m sure he has a schedule to keep. If he didn’t care, I’m sure he wouldn’t have shown up in the first place! By the way, a good lesson learned for the kiddies, as life will undoubtedly disappoint them down the road again, I’m sure. Ever heard the phrase, “Life isn’t fair”? Cut these “kids” some slack, they go above and beyond the call of duty 99% of the time.

  19. UHUH
    9:34 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    For those of you who don’t know, Miller was actually a big recruit of UK’s last year who we missed on. He practiced with Wall and was seen as one of the top players in the class. That is why this post is relevant.

  20. G
    9:34 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    It could be worse. Remember the Gillispie days when people were worrying if UK would get Paul McCoy, Hank Thorns, and Maurice Sutton?

  21. Dipstick Freemont
    9:39 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    #12 is correct, I have a prize. If it was my personal experience why would I post it here? It was shown on multiple venues, but not here I guess. An experience of a BBN faithful. It seems these guys may just use the BBN Marketing Machine up until the point that it’s no longer useful for them.

    But the writing is solid, let’s introduce it into the KSR “I Want To Cover Sports” contest.

  22. craighodges
    9:40 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Here’s one of Cal’s top recruits from 2014 breaking the backboard at an AAU tournament in Chicago. I love the interview afterward.

  23. snoopaloop
    9:40 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    I would love to hear your rationale explaining how/why Miller’s decision would cause “other casual returnees to declare for the draft.” Why the hell do other players care what some kid from Baylor just did? If anything, if you were a casual returnee you would stay in school as more and more players declared for the draft.

  24. UKnowMe
    9:48 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    #9 These UK players and especially Davis owe you nothing. Get over yourself.

  25. Bob Loblaw
    9:53 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    I hope this year will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back and force the NBA to reconsider its age limit rule. Cal has some great ideas on how to fix it. I myself, think they should adopt the baseball model. Either straight out of high school or at least 3 years in college.

  26. SEP
    9:55 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    That’s a cowardly thing to say “the worse the other teams are..the better it’ll be for us” . Its even worse than the people who whine about getting a bad draw in the NCAA tourney. If we want to win #9 – we have to beat the best!

  27. SMH
    9:58 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    It’s like having sex with a blind person

  28. Nick
    10:10 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    I liked it, actually. I would not have known this information had it not been posted here. It’s not like it made the headlines on ESPN or SI (go look for proof). So, thanks, Corey.

    You’re all a bunch of dicks.

  29. East Kentucky Infidel
    10:11 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    #9 It’s the fault of the organizers not the players. Don’t let this experience color your memories.
    The players do what they are told by people who set the event up. Anthony Davis is not at fault, he didn’t have to be there in the first place. It is a numbers game and your number just came up short, it happens. It’s a part of life.

    Better to have loved and lost than not to have loved at all.

    Remember Anthony selflessness helped bring #8. He sacrificed and worked to put our team in this position.

    You have a story that you can tell your grandchildren, put a smile on your face and tell them about all the excitement and pandemonium of a championship year.

    Let’s hope next season is just as crazy!
    Or would you rather be sitting at home with nothing to do this time nest year?
    Life is what we make of it.

  30. Jdneedstoknow
    10:23 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    #15 Thanks. Had to look it up, but so true.

  31. Mkgistebow
    10:27 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Dont mind the subject as much as the poor analysis of it. You’re reaching to say this is going to open some sort of floodgate and kids are going to start declaring all over the place. Miller (outside of your zeller fantasy-emphasis on FANTASY) is the last relevant player on a relevant team that will declare because every1 else already has. There is NO shot Cody declares and we BOTH know that. Thanks for wasting my time and ruining my coffee/adderol buzz for the 20th str8 morning you idiot POS “journalist.”

  32. dan
    10:36 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    @ 11 You scared? lmao….Don’t worry the locals won’t bother you to much in Hazard just keep to yourself and don’t start anything. Now if you get outside of town and all of a sudden start hearing banjo music I’d suggust you paddle faster. 😉

  33. OogieBoogieMan
    10:38 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Nick (#29) is correct… the comment section of this site is largely one big asshole-magnet.

    Good day folks!

  34. Does this mean Polson might go after all?

  35. Reality
    11:02 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    #5 & #27 The only reason IU and UL are going to be #1 and #2 next year is because everyone else is gonna suck (relatively speaking of course because we will ultimately be the best team). #26 You are absolutely correct; a change needs to occur!

  36. Rixter
    11:18 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Personally, I hope that every player who has announced his decision so far changes his mind and goes the other way.

  37. Rixter
    11:23 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Wait a minute:

    People stood in a cold rain for SIX hours to get some guy’s autograph? And the guy is the one with a problem??


  38. HicksPickSix
    12:42 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Yet another example of why I dread the 9:00 post. At least BTI was clever and mildly original.