U.S. coach breaks down Darius Miller


COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – JULY 29: USA Basketball Mens training camp for the World University Games at the US Olympic Training Center on July 29, 2011 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood) *** Local Caption ***

Four days before the U.S. team begins pool play in the World University Games, ESPN caught up with head coach Matt Painter for a breakdown of every player on the roster, including Darius Miller. Here’s what Painter had to say:

“If we throw Darius in there with (forward Tim) Abromaitis and (forward Draymond) Green, we can play different ways. He can help us play bigger or smaller. He has really improved his shooting since we had him in New Zealand (in 2009 for the U-19 U.S. team). He’s going to be good against a zone, and we’ll just have to find the right place to play him. He’s a very good player and will help us a lot defensively.”

Painter, who was an assistant coach for the 2009 U.S. U-19 team Miller played on, also noted how Miller can draw on and talk about his past international experience.

“It was important for them (Miller and Ashton Gibbs) to talk about their experience in New Zealand and what it meant to sacrifice minutes and how important this was,” Painter told ESPN’s Andy Katz.

The team also features Vanderbilt’s John Jenkins and Alabama’s JaMychal Green. Read the full article here.