Kentucky Signs Miller, Liggins on First Day of Fall Signing Period

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Two highly touted high school seniors signed letters of intent to play for Kentucky on Wednesday -- the first day of college basketball's early signing period.

Darius Miller, a 6-foot-8 small forward from Maysville, Ky., is one of the top contenders for the state's Mr. Basketball award. As a junior, he averaged 20 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four blocks for the Mason County Royals.

"He can do everything," Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie said of Miller. "He's a tremendous athlete, been very well coached, very well taught.

Also signing with the Wildcats was point guard DeAndre Liggins, a Chicago native who currently attends Findlay Prep in Henderson. As a junior at George Washington High School in Chicago, Liggins averaged 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Over the summer, Liggins led his Indiana elite team to win the championship of the Kingwood Classic, with 11 points and 11 rebounds in the final.

Miller and Liggins represent the third and fourth major signings for Gillispie. Last year, Kentucky landed top guard Alex Legion and Patrick Patterson, one of the top high school power forwards in the country.

"That's the kind of guys we should be getting," Gillispie said. "We should have a roster full of those kinds of players, and we won't sleep until we get them."

As for whether there may be another surprise in the early signing period, Gillispie answered: "Maybe, maybe not."

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