Darius Miller to be enshrined in KY HS Basketball HOF

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former Kentucky men’s basketball standout Darius Miller, who helped lead the Wildcats to the 2012 national championship, will be inducted into the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday at the State Theater in Elizabethtown, Ky.

Miller will be enshrined into the hall of fame as a part of the class of 2016 for his illustrious high school career at Mason County High School. The 2008 winner of the Kentucky Mr. Basketball award, Miller led Mason County to the 2008 state championship, averaging 19.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game during the memorable Sweet 16 run.

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A member of an elite group of Kentucky high school basketball players to have scored more than 2,000 career points, Miller received all-state recognition in 2007 and 2008.

Following his decorated high school career, Miller signed with Kentucky and eventually helped UK to its eighth national title in 2012. He averaged 9.9 points with 56 made 3-pointers that season en route to Southeastern Conference Sixth Man of the Year honors.

In 2011 with the Wildcats, Miller averaged 10.9 points and hit 58 3-point field goals. He was named the MVP of the SEC Tournament after leading the Wildcats to the championship in Atlanta.

Miller finished his Kentucky career with 1,248 points, currently ranked 34th on UK’s all-time scoring list.

The Maysville, Ky., native was drafted 46th overall by New Orleans in the 2012 NBA Draft. He played three seasons in New Orleans before transitioning to pro basketball overseas.

Miller recently led his team in Germany, Brose Baskets, to a second straight championship in the Beko BBL. He won MVP honors after averaging 18.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in the three-game sweep in the finals.

Other former Wildcats who were recently inducted into the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame, which began enshrining members in 2012, include:


  • Travis Ford (2015 inductee)
  • Jimmy Dan Conner (2015)
  • John Pelphrey (2015)
  • Winston Bennett (2015)
  • Vernon Hatton (2014)
  • Frank Ramsey (2014)
  • Jack Givens (2014)
  • Johnny Cox (2013)
  • Billy Ray Lickert (2013)
  • Larry Conley (2013)
  • Mike Casey (2013)
  • Cliff Hagan (2012)
  • Wallace Jones (2012)
  • Rex Chapman (2012)
  • Richie Farmer (2012)
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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at ARisen@wtvq.com