Former Mason County and University of Kentucky star Darius Miller is playing for a league championship in his first season in Germany's top-tier league, the Beko BBL.
Miller's team, Brose Baskets, opened the best-of-five series with an 84-73 loss to FC Bayern Munich on Sunday. He scored 10 points to go with three rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots in just under 22 minutes off the bench.
Miller was one of five players on his team to reach double figures in scoring, with former University of Pittsburgh standout Brad Wanamaker leading the way with 15 points. Bayern Munich's Vladimir Stimac, a 6-foot-11 center from Serbia, was his team's top scorer with 16.
Game 2 is on Wednesday.
Miller, who previously spent time in the NBA with the New Orleans Pelicans, had averaged 9.3 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists in about 20 minutes per game going into the championship series.
He has shot the ball particularly well since joining the league. Going into the finals, the small forward was 57.5 percent (54-for-94) from the field, 48.8 percent (20-for-41) from three-point range and 80 percent (12-for-15) from the free-throw line. His season high for scoring was 21 points on May 5 against Walter Tigers, and he was 4-for-5 from behind the arc in that game.
Sunday's loss was the first of the playoffs for Brose Baskets, the regular-season champions who are based in Bamberg. Miller joined the team midseason, and they are 13-3 overall with him in the lineup.
Miller, Kentucky's Mr. Basketball in 2008, played for New Orleans in parts of three NBA seasons from 2012 to 2014. The 25-year-old averaged 3.1 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 102 games.