Miller & Liggins Sign with Kentucky

    
November 14th, 2007

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men’s basketball signed highly-rated high school seniors DeAndre Liggins and Darius Miller to National Letters of Intent Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period for college basketball.

"This is a great day for us; I am really excited about today,” said Billy Gillispie. “These guys are really good players, but they are better people and I am really excited about that. Their families are excited about being a part of Kentucky basketball."

Liggins, 6-6 and a native of Chicago, Ill., is attending Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev. He finished his junior year at George Washington High School in Chicago averaging a triple-double: 14 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists. He enters his senior season ranked as the fifth-best point guard in the country and 21st overall according to Rivals.com.

“DeAndre is a guy who can initiate offense,” said Gillispie. “He is going to be a tremendous ball pressure defender.”

Liggins got plenty of work over the summer helping his AAU team, the prestigious Indiana Elite, to the Kingwood Classic championship, scoring 11 points and pulling down 11 rebounds in the championship game.

In-state star Darius Miller comes to the Wildcats from Maysville, Ky. where he stars for the Mason County Royals. Standing at 6-6, Miller is ranked the seventh best small forward in the country and 38th overall by Scout.com. Considered one of the top candidates in the state of Kentucky for Mr. Basketball, Miller averaged 20 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots his junior season.

"Darius is a tremendous athlete; he can do anything,” said Gillispie. “He has been very well coached and very well taught. He has great athletic ability and he is tough enough to get inside to get some of those baskets. You could not draw up two better players for me than he and DeAndre."

Over the summer, Miller played at the All-Star ReebokU Camp.