Former University of Kentucky and Mason County High School standout Darius Miller is coming home.
A report by David Pick, who covers overseas pro basketball, said Wednesday that Miller is finalizing a contract with the New Orleans Pelicans that would reunite him with former UK teammates Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. A fourth former Wildcat, James Young, will be playing for New Orleans’ entry in the Las Vegas Summer League that starts Friday.
Miller, 27, was chosen by New Orleans in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft after he helped lead Kentucky to the NCAA championship that year. Miller, Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball in 2008, played 102 NBA games with New Orleans over parts of three seasons before the Pelicans released him five games into the 2014-15 season. He averaged 3.1 points and 1.3 rebounds.
Miller has spent the past three seasons with Brose Baskets of Bamberg, Germany, where the team won its league championship all three of Miller’s seasons. In 2016, Miller was named finals MVP. This past season, the 6-foot-8 Miller averaged 12.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists as the team’s starting small forward. He made 41.1 percent of his 151 three-point attempts.
In addition to his three championships in Germany and one at UK, Miller won a Sweet Sixteen title with Mason County in 2008.