Cats Miller makes Team USA for World University games

Miller Named to Roster for 2011 USA Men's World University Games Team

Tournament opens on August 13

LEXINGTON, Ky. – UK men's basketball senior guard Darius Miller was named to the 2011 USA Men's World University Games team roster. The selections were made by the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee.

Training camp continues for the team members through, Aug. 7, with two practices each day at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, and the team will depart for China on Aug. 8.

"It's an honor to be able to do what I love, while representing my country and my university," Miller said. "I'm looking forward to the World University Games and am excited about experiencing the Chinese culture."

The USA will play an exhibition contest against New Century, a Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) professional team, in Huizho, China, on Aug. 11, before opening World University Games play on Aug. 13.

In all, 24 countries will compete in the international competition. The USA has been slotted into Pool D, along with Finland, Hungary, Israel, Mexico and South Korea. The red, white and blue will open play against Mexico at 6 p.m. on Aug. 13 (all times listed are China Standard Time, which is +12 hours from Eastern Time) and will then play Hungary at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 14; South Korea at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 15; Finland at 6 p.m. on Aug. 17; and Israel at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 18.

Following the preliminary round, the top two placed teams from each pool will advance to the medal quarterfinals, which will be contested on Aug. 20. The semifinals are scheduled for Aug. 21, and the finals will be played on Aug. 22.

Miller has previous experience with USA Basketball as a member of the USA U19 team that won a gold medal, going 9-0 at the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship in New Zealand.

Last season, the Maysville, Ky. native was named the 2011 SEC Tournament MVP averaging 13.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists. He averaged 10.9 ppg and 4.6 rpg on the season, helping lead the Wildcats to the 2011 Final Four.