Saturday, July 14, 2012
July 14th: On this date...
... in 2009, your University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball team member Darius Miller arrived back home from down under (New Zealand) with a gold medal around his neck. For the first time since 1991, Team USA has won a gold at a Junior World Championship, this time it was at the FIBA Under-19 World Championships. It took our nation 18 years to realize that all it needed was a current UK player on the team to win a gold. There was actually another association on the team from Lexington, as Bryan Station's Shelvin Mack was a point guard on the team. Other members of the team included Gordon Hayward and Seth Curry. They handled Greece in the Gold Medal round, 88-80, to complete a perfect 9-0 record in FIBA U-19 World Championships in New Zealand.
Darius' complete tournament line:
9 Games, 17-27 FG (63%), 0-4 3PM, 11-14 FT (78.6%), 130 minutes
Averages: 5.0 PPG - 3.1 rebs - 1.3 assts - 1.3 blks - 1.6 stls - 1.6 TOs